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The King Edward Hotel

The King Edward Hotel in Toronto, Canada is part of the Le Méridien chain of hotels. Officially known as the Le Méridien King Edward Hotel, it is also colloquially called the King Eddy.

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Location

The hotel is located on the south side of King Street East west of Church Street and occupies the entire second block east of Yonge Street.

History

The hotel was designed by Chicago architect Henry Ives Cobb and Toronto architect E.J. Lennox for developer George Gooderham's Toronto Hotel Company, and was granted its name by namesake King Edward VII. It opened in 1903.

King Street in 1908, with the King Edward Hotel on the left

After a number of years of decline, the hotel was restored in 1981 by Stanford Downey Architects Inc. At the top of the hotel is the rarely-used Crystal Ballroom, that was added onto the hotel in 1921 and used until the late 1950s. The Ballroom, once the most fashionable in the city, was not restored in the 1980s with the rest of the hotel.

The hotel has housed dignitaries and luminaries, from Mark Twain and Rudolph Valentino to Margaret Thatcher and Britney Spears. The Beatles stayed at the hotel during their first visit to Toronto, in 1964, and caused the hotel's biggest commotion to date, when 3,000 fans packed the streets and flooded the lobby. Liz Taylor and Richard Burton also stayed at the hotel, in February 1964; they were not married to one another at the time, which caused a scandal.

The King Eddie has not only housed film stars but also film sets, from the mellow, Leonard Cohen’s 1983 musical I am a Hotel, to the melodramatic, Jamie Foxx’s film Bait, which, during a stunt mishap, caused an explosion that shook the building and shattered windows.

The King Edward Hotel was previously owned by Lehman Brothers Bank, through their real estate investment arm. In March 2010, a Toronto developer purchased the King Edward for $53 Million dollars with the intent of fully renovating, and converting the Hotel to a modern glamour. The new interior structures will also include new condominium and hotel suites.

The hotel is the location of an historical plaque placed by the Ontario Heritage Trust.

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Coordinates: 43°38′58″N 79°22′33.8″W / 43.64944°N 79.376056°W / 43.64944; -79.376056

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