Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Building Story - the Spadina Hotel

Everyday, I walk in front of these two old buildings and I'm wondering... what if these walls could talk! Well, actually they do - here's what I found on Wikipedia:

The Spadina Hotel is youth hostel located at Spadina Avenue and King Street, just south of Chinatown in Toronto. Built in the late 1873, the three storey Victorian building features a small clock on the east facade. In the early 1900s it was the Hotel Falconer and shared the corner with another hotel, the Power House Hotel on the southeast corner. Over its history it has been home to many notable residents. In the 1960s and 1970s it was a centre of the Queen Street West music scene, and saw such visitors as Leonard Cohen and the Rolling Stones. On the ground level the Cabana Room was a central venue to the strip. The Jack Nicholson film The Last Detail was also partially filmed at the hotel.

The hotel was renamed the Global Village Backpackers in 1997 and the once seedy motel is now a youth hostel to Toronto, Ontario. With 190 beds (four people per room) it is the largest youth hostel in Toronto.

WOW! Talk about something hidden! I am convinced that most of torontonians tha see these two old fellows don't even realize how historical they are.

Crazy colours though!

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