I’m not quite sure this is still considered a hidden gem as it’s pretty well known. But the crystal ballroom is one of Toronto’s coolest event spaces, that you probably can’t book, in Toronto. It’s on the 17th floor of the King Edward Hotel and has large picture windows with striking views and amazing light. I’ve been lucky enough to go in a few times and have seen some photo shoots take place here but from what I understand due to fire and insurance reasons anything relative large will get the ‘no’ from the sales team over at the King Eddy. It couldn’t hurt to call and beg them though could it? Or maybe just an engagement shoot? It’s awesome.
THE ‘KING EDDY’ WAS TORONTO’S FIRST LUXURY HOTEL. It was built by the George Gooderham Toronto Hotel Company in 1903. The Crystal Ballroom is the spectacular 17th floor of the King Edward Hotel.
Located at the top of the 1921 addition, this space attracted the rich and famous socialites of its time. Large picture windows provided a striking view of the surrounding city. With an interior classically styled with decorative plaster, golden patterns and chandeliers, the ballroom must have been impressive. Ultimately, stricter fire codes caused the closure of the Crystal Ballroom space in the late 1950s. It’s sat abandoned since.
The photos here represent visits during 2004. At that time the space was used intermittently for fly-fishing lessons. Since then, there have been plans to restore the space for regular use.