Thursday, September 16, 2010

Radio in Every Room

Opened on June 11, 1929, the Royal York was designed by Ross and Macdonald (with Sproatt and Rolph) and built by the Canadian Pacific Railway across the street from Union Station. With 28 floors, the Château-style building was the tallest building in Toronto at that time, and the tallest building in the British Empire until the construction of Toronto’s Canadian Bank of Commerce tower on King Street one year later. It was a state-of-the-art hotel when it was constructed, with ten elevators, a radio in each of its 1,048 rooms, and a private shower or bath in each room. (Wiki).

1 comment:

Brian Busby said...

I'm pleased to report that the Royal York looks very much the same today. Incidentally, the pillars and grating in the foreground belong to Union Station.