This refurbished soap factory hotel is located in Toronto, Ontario. The building carries historic significance within the red brick mass of its Victorian structure. The architecture dates back to 1891 when the building was first used as a soap factory. Afterwards, it was converted to a hotel that suffered a miserable decline in the 70s. The owners of the Broadview Hotel attempted to revive their dying business by utilizing it as a boarding house and a strip club, but to no avail.
Almost 40 years later, architect firm ERA Architects and studio DesignAgency breathe new life into the soap factory hotel by transforming the historic landmark into a 58-room boutique lodging inn. Its rustic appeal, arched windows and historic value are sure to obtain some social recognition from locals, as well as travelers.
Photo Credits: Joel Levy and Grace Bennett
DesignAgency Transformed This 19th Century Building into a Hotel
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