TORONTO — Almost 40 years after its closure, the Crystal Ballroom, in The Omni King Edward, reopened on April 19 following a $6.5 million renovation.
“This project centreed around restoring a significant space in Toronto's history, a space that played an integral part in bolstering its colourful social life,” said Christophe Le Chatton, general manager of The Omni King Edward Hotel, in a release.
Similar to the newly renovated hotel property that underwent a $40 million transformation in 2015, the Crystal Ballroom's restoration has been influenced by its original interior featuring old-world charm enhanced by modern style and luxury. The venue's ornate mouldings, 8-metre high coffered ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows remain central features in the ballroom.
Other amenities include a pre-function space, finished in mosaic tile, and a new permanent bar. The updated carpet recalls designs from the early 1920s, and surrounding chandeliers and wall sconces sport crystal elements. The 5,000-square-foot ballroom accommodates 300 people.
Home to prestigious functions from the 1920s through the 1970s, the Crystal Ballroom opened in 1922 on the hotel’s 17th floor. The King Eddy opened in 1903.