TORONTO — The executive team of the King Edward Hotel unveiled the much-anticipated, revitalized and restored Crystal Ballroom last night before a crowd of more than 200 interested onlookers. Two years after the ambitious work began, the design of the room highlights the room’s characteristic features including ornate mouldings, 8-metre-high coffered ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows offering a panoramic view of the city.
In debuting the space, Christophe Le Chatton, general manager told the crowd “The Crystal Ballroom pays tribute to the past while looking forward to the future.”
As part of the restoration, the room’s unique orchestra balcony was preserved, which overlooks the beautiful ballroom, as well as its oversized chandeliers — keeping the space true to its name. Moncur Design Associates Inc. and Omni Hotels & Resorts (owners of the historical hotel) led the charge on the new look and design of the space, which cost $6.5 million to complete. The 5,000 square foot space and new permanent bar are fully equipped to entertain 300 guests in style. “We are looking forward to bringing the Crystal Ballroom back to its former glory as a premiere venue for social functions in Toronto,” said Le Chatton. The room will host its first wedding this coming weekend.
Built as part of the hotel’s 18th storey expansion in 1922, the story of the Crystal Ballroom begins in the Roaring Twenties. The room was named after its adorned crystal chandeliers. It was the place to host grand society affairs, including royal galas, debutant balls, weddings and conventions. The venue even had its own in-house big band orchestra. The King Edward Hotel was built in 1903.