Kormann House Hotel

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Kormann House Hotel is one of the previous names of a heritage property in downtown Toronto, on the southwest corner of Sherbourne and Queen Street East.[1][2] The property was renamed Canada House in the mid 1910s.[3] As of 2021, it has been boarded up for approximately two decades. It has been described as one of the least desirable real estate locations in Toronto.[4]

The three-storey building was built in the Renaissance Revival style.[5] It was considered an up-market venue, when it was built, in 1897.

There were redevelopment plans in the late 2000s, that fell through.[5][4][6]

In November 2021 developers announced plans to preserve the facade of the building, while building a 97 metre condominium tower within the site.[1] The Ontario Government of Doug Ford announced a new subway line, in 2019, and Moss Park station would lie right across the street, increasing its property value.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Long abandoned Toronto building to be reborn into the base of a condo tower". Blog TO. November 2021. Archived from the original on 2021-12-06. https://web.archive.org/web/20211206221653/https://www.blogto.com/city/2021/11/long-abandoned-toronto-building-be-reborn-base-condo-tower/. Retrieved 2021-12-13. 
  2. "Kormann House Hotel". City of Toronto. 2007. Archived from the original on 2014-06-11. https://web.archive.org/web/20140611110732/https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2007/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-5691.pdf. Retrieved 2021-12-13. "The property at 229 Queen Street East (formerly known as 134-136 Sherbourne Street) is worthy of inclusion on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties for its cultural heritage value or interest." 
  3. Michelle McNally (2021-11-29). "31-storey tower proposed for Kormann House Hotel on Queen Street East". Livabl. Archived from the original on 2021-12-13. https://web.archive.org/web/20211213225818/https://www.livabl.com/2021/11/31-storey-kormann-house-hotel-queen-street-east.html. Retrieved 2021-12-13. "The Kormann House Hotel operated under that name until the mid-1910s before it was changed to Canada House Hotel, as per the application’s Heritage Impact Statement." 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sycnia Yu (2008-06-20). "Historic hotel anchors stylish building". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 2021-12-13. https://web.archive.org/web/20211213223700/https://www.theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/historic-hotel-anchors-stylish-building/article675284/. "For more than a century, the Kormann House Hotel has been situated across from Moss Park at Queen and Sherbourne streets, which - rife with crime and prostitution - is considered one of the least desirable corners in the downtown core." 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Enzo DiMatteo (2009-04-09). "Canada House’s facade fix: Queen and Sherbourne watering hole for the homeless gets set for its condo remake". Now magazine. Archived from the original on 2021-12-13. https://web.archive.org/web/20211213223343/https://nowtoronto.com/news/canada-houses-facade-fix. Retrieved 2021-12-13. 
  6. Kevin McBride (2008-07-13). "Illustration Sunday: Kormann House Hotel". Torontoist. Archived from the original on 2021-08-14. https://web.archive.org/web/20210814064105/https://torontoist.com/2008/07/illustration_sunday_kormann_house_h/. Retrieved 2021-12-13. "Cited for its “design value as a representative example of a late 19th century corner hotel,” the Kormann House is included in the Toronto Heritage Property Inventory. Though vacant for the past few years, this old watering hole will open its doors once again as part of an upcoming condo development."