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Palace Arms

LAST UPDATE: July 26 2019

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photo credit, courtesy of Bob Krawczyk

photo credit, courtesy of Bob Krawczyk

AT RISK INFORMATION
At risk status:
This building is at risk

Info:

The property was listed for sale in 2014 and purchased by Intentional Capital in 2017. In May 2018 a Development Application was submitted to the City of Toronto proposing redevelopment into a 16-storey mixed-use residential building designed by Sweeney & Co Architects. The plan proposes retaining parts of the façade (with some alterations), although the rear of the building would be demolished.

BUILDING INFORMATION
Name & Location
Palace Arms
950 King Street West
Niagara, Toronto

First Owner:
George White

OTHER IDENTIFICATION
Alternate names:
Palace Hotel, Palace Arms Hotel, Palace Tavern

Notes:

A hotel has occupied the site since at least 1870. In 1890, the current building was constructed. It was designed by F.H. Herbert and owned and operated as a hotel by George White. It was designed in the Romanesque Revival style, with rounded arch motif and stone detailing. A turret with a conical roof is located at the southwest corner. The red-brick masonry was painted several times and is currently painted pink. The Palace Tavern used to operate out of the building. In 1897, attached brick houses were built along Strachan Avenue (95-99 Strachan Avenue). In 1902, attached houses were also added along King Street (938-944 King Street West). In the 1970s, the building was converted to a low-cost, long-term hotel for men by a new owner. In 2014, it was put up for sale. It was purchased by Intentional Capital in 2017, with the intention of residential redevelopment. At the time of its sale, it was still used as a rooming house for men with over 90 rooms; tenants at the time were offered compensation to leave, although about 14 tenants remain. In May 2018, a Planning Application was submitted to the City of Toronto proposing to redevelop it into a 16-storey mixed-use residential property. The proposal includes ground floor retail space, a floor of rental studio apartments, and condos.

Status:
Completed

Year Completed:
1890

Map:
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Companies:
The following companies are associated with this building

BUILDING DATA
Type:
Low-rise

Current use:
Hotel

Heritage:
Listed

Main Style:

Sources:

Sources

  1. Inventory of Heritage Properties
    Author - City of Toronto
    More information

  2. Development Application - 950 King St. W
    Author - Bousfields Inc.
    Date - 4 May 2018
    Notes - Zoning By-law Amendment to facilitate the adaptive re-use of the existing Palace Arms building for a 16-storey mixed-use building with at-grade retail and residential units above. Includes links to several PDFs regarding studies and plans for the site.
    More information

  3. Last call at the Palace Arms: Developers covet the King West property, but where will its poor tenants go?
    Author - Arthur White, Globe and Mail
    Date - 26 June 2015 (updated 5 June 2017)
    Notes - Globe and Mail article outlining potential future for property and concern with future of existing long term tenants.
    More information

  4. 16-Storey Redevelopment Proposed for Palace Arms on King
    Author - Jack Landau, Urban Toronto
    Date - 11 May 2018
    Notes - Urbantoronto.ca article detailing the proposed redevelopment.
    More information

  5. For Toronto’s poor, the Palace Arms has been their castle − now, a new condo looms
    Author - NICHOLAS KÖHLER
    Date - June 22, 2018
    Notes - Globe and Mail article discussing the proposed redevelopment and its effect on the current tenants.
    More information

  6. Infamous Toronto rooming house could soon look like a giant sailboat
    Author - Lauren O´Neil, BlogTO
    Date - 11 May 2018
    Notes - BlogTo article discussing the proposed redevelopment of the site.
    More information

  7. People hate the condo that´s going to replace the Palace Arms
    Author - Tanya Mok, BlogTO
    Date - March 2019
    More information

  8. Heritage Impact Assessment
    Author - ERA Architects Inc.
    Date - March 26, 2018
    Notes - Part of the Development Application for Palace Arms. Heritage Impact Assessment detailing the site´s heritage, architectural features, and proposed conservation strategy.
    Document - Palace Arms Heritage Impact Assessment

  9. Palace Arms Rezoning Application Architectural Plans
    Author - Sweeny & Co Architects
    Date - 2018
    Notes - Part of the Development Application. Architectural plans for the proposed redevelopment of the Palace Arms.

  10. June 2018 Staff Report
    Author - City of Toronto Planning Staff
    Date - June 2018
    More information

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