Omni King Edward investing $6.5M in ballroom restoration

TORONTO — On the heels of its $40 million renovation less than a year ago, Toronto’s Omni King Edward Hotel is investing $6.5 million to restore its Crystal Ballroom, it was announced June 27.

TORONTO — On the heels of its $40 million renovation less than a year ago, Toronto’s Omni King Edward Hotel is investing $6.5 million to restore its Crystal Ballroom, it was announced June 27.

The project will kick off in August, with an official grand opening for the Crystal Ballroom slated for early 2017, almost 100 years after its debut. The Crystal Ballroom first opened its doors in 1922.

Similar to the newly renovated hotel property, the Crystal Ballroom’s restoration will be influenced by its original interior featuring an old-world esthetic enhanced by contemporary style. The venue’s mouldings, 12-metre-high coffered ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, offering panoramic views of the city, will remain central features.

The pre-function space floor will be finished in mosaic tile. A new permanent bar will be introduced and its design will reflect the detailing of the original era. The Crystal Ballroom carpet will recall designs from the early 1920s, but rendered in a contemporary fashion. Updated chandeliers and wall sconces will vary from the original, but will include crystal elements. The 5,000-square-foot Crystal Ballroom accommodates 300 people.

Handling the ballroom renovation is Moncur Design Associates Inc. and Omni Hotels & Resorts.