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Design
Pulse
Toronto

Touted as the gateway
to Toronto, the
landmark Fairmont
Royal York hotel
offers modern comfort
in a historic setting.
(Image: Fairmont
Royal York)

AT YOUR
SERVICE
FOR 90 YEARS, THE FAIRMONT ROYAL YORK
HAS STOOD PROUDLY AS A DOMINANT FIGURE
ON THE TORONTO SKYLINE. TO MARK ITS
HISTORIC ANNIVERSARY IN JUNE, THE FAMED
LUXURY HOTEL RECENTLY REVEALED A SERIES
OF INSPIRING RENOVATIONS.

Opening its doors in 1929, the "city within a city" was designed
by George Allen Ross and Robert Henry Macdonald of famed
Canadian architecture firm Ross and Macdonald, in association
with Henry Sproatt and Ernest Ross Rolph of Sproatt and
Rolph. The downtown landmark continues its prestigious stature
with the transformation of its lobby, rooms, two dining venues,
meeting and event spaces, and Fairmont Gold-the hotel's
exclusive boutique experience.
The Rockwell Group's highly anticipated redesign of the hotel's
public spaces reimagines the past through the present, embracing
the rich interior while adding a contemporary layer. "Given the
hotel's connection to the railway and proximity to Toronto's
Union Station, we took material, form, and detail cues from the
aesthetics of train cars and railroads," says Greg Keffer, partner
and studio leader at Rockwell Group, in a statement about the
project. Understanding the Fairmont Royal York's distinguished
history, the New York City-based architecture firm cherished the
opportunity to usher the hotel into the next era.
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