Pictured Above: close up picture of Gladstone Gargoyle, in the Richardson Romanesque style.
It’s always a treat to be gifted a piece of the Gladstone Hotel’s 131-year history. Another exciting #tbt has just been added to our archive: Meet G.M. Miller, architect of the Gladstone Hotel!
Miller’s list of architectural work is impressive, with the Gladstone being one of the first buildings he designed throughout his long career.
Built in 1889, the hotel is designed in the Romanesque Revival style, widely popular in Toronto at the turn of the 20th century. Think Queen’s Park and the historic houses around St. George and Bloor.
Whether or not they know the ins and outs of Romanesque reliefs, most Torontononians will recognize many other G.M. Miller’s buildings throughout the city. His oeuvres range from many family houses to larger facilities such as apartments, churches, educational buildings. including libraries, factories, warehouses, office and bank buildings. (See more from the U of T Library).
Parkdale Collegiate Institute? That was G.M. Miller.
Massey Hall? G.M. Miller was a supporting architect.
U of T’s Lillian Massey Building (corner of Bloor & Queen’s Park/Avenue Rd.)? You guessed it: G.M. Miller!
In a city where so much is changing every year, it’s important to take a minute and look back at the history, and the historical figures, who helped build Toronto as we know it today. G.M. Miller’s work shaped a significant part of our cityscape, including the Gladstone Hotel. It’s a history the hotel is honoured to be a part of, and one that we look forward to contributing to over the next 128 years too!
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