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The Gerrard Hotel/Then and Now

Another good example of what was lost when the city decided that Regent Park was a good idea in the 1950’s….

The south west corner of Gerrard and Parliament, 1949.

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Above from 1952, the end of the line as the hotel is demolished…

Thankfully, this block on the north side of Gerrard further east was neglected and allowed to gentrify itself over time.

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4 responses

  1. Georgina Church

    Yikes! Sorry, the Gerrard Hotel was at the north east corner of Gerrard and Sumach Sts. I grew up in Regent Park and we stood at that corner to catch the westbound streetcars. The Gerrard (as we referred to it) was the watering hole for the adults in North Regent. I remember the stench of stale beer and cigarettes that wafted out of that hotel while we stood waiting for the streetcar and also on Sunday mornings waiting for the Sunday School bus. As per your description of the Gerrard location at the southeast corner of Gerrard and Parliament – that would be impossible because North Regent Park was on the southeast corner. Hope that helps.

    May 13, 2018 at 11:28 am

  2. Georgina Church

    Correction. I am so sorry – checked with my brother and the hotel at the corner of Gerrard and Sumach Sts was called “The Avion”. Same description – stale beer and smoke. But again the Gerrard Hotel was definitely not on the south east corner of Parliament and Gerrard. Regent Park was there. My brother suggests that the Gerrard Hotel was misappropriated and moved across the street to allow for the building of Regent Park – south-east corner. All the best

    May 13, 2018 at 11:42 am

    • No need to apologise. All comments are welcome and you’ve provided some personal history on this neighbourhood. But you’re correct it should say the south/west corner.
      The building to the north is the same in the then and now.

      May 13, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      • Georgina Church

        Thanks for understanding Greg. Where Parliament St and Gerrard Street met (in the centre of the road north of the Gerrard Hotel was a banana shaped asphalt section. It directed the Parliament southbound traffic to the right around the curve and kept the westbound traffic south of it. Almost a round-about if you will. We called it “Banana Park”. It had several park benches on it but we rarely crossed over it because there were always volatile drunks that hung out there and would call out/reach out to us if we passed by. Thanks for listening. All the best. Georgy

        May 13, 2018 at 9:21 pm

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