Kormann House Hotel

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The corner of the Kormann House that faces the intersection has a distinctive bevel cut out of it.

The Kormann Hotel was a 3 storey brick building built on the southwest corner of Sherbourne and Queen streets. It was built in 1897, and was considered luxurious, when built.[1][2]

By the 21st Century the building had been abandoned, and was considered an eyesore.[2][3][4][5] The Globe and Mail wrote that, due to "crime and prostitution", the intersection where it was located was considered one of the least desirable in the city.

Toronto designated the building a protected heritage structure in 2007.[2][6]

In 2008 real estate developer Brad Lamb announced plans to redevelop the building into a ten floor condominium.[3][4] However, no work started on the project.[7]

In 2021 the construction of a new subway station, Moss Park station, across the street from the building, triggered another plan to redevelop the building, and neighbouring properties, into a 97 metre condominium.[8]


  1. Kevin McBride. Illustration Sunday: Kormann House Hotel, Torontoist, 2008-07-13. Retrieved on 2022-05-18. “Cited for its “design value as a representative example of a late 19th century corner hotel,” the Kormann House is included in the Toronto Heritage Property Inventory.”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Enzo DiMatteo. Canada House’s facade fix: Queen and Sherbourne watering hole for the homeless gets set for its condo remake, Now magazine, 2009-04-09. Retrieved on 2022-05-18. “But back at the turn of the late 19th century when it was the stylish Kormann House Hotel, the three-storey Renaissance Revival charmer on the southwest corner of Queen and Sherbourne anchored a happening area with thriving businesses, movie theatres and the splendid Moss Park as its backdrop.”
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sydnia Yu. Historic hotel anchors stylish building, Globe and Mail, 2008-06-20. Retrieved on 2022-05-18. “For more than a century, the Kormann House Hotel has been situated across from Moss Park at Queen and Sherbourne streets, which - rife with crime and prostitution - is considered one of the least desirable corners in the downtown core.”
  4. 4.0 4.1 Denise Balkissoon. The city's most notorious intersections are turning the corner, Globe and Mail, 2010-10-29. Retrieved on 2022-05-18. “What's changed: Here come the condos - the Brad Lamb-led Kormann House tower is going up to the southwest, facing The Modern to the east.”
  5. Chris Bateman. 5 historic Toronto buildings that could use a makeover, Blog TO, 2014-09-05. Retrieved on 2022-05-18. “Instead, the corner building opposite Moss Park sits abandoned, its windows partially bricked up and the patchy white and grey paint peeling off the exterior.”
  6. REASONS FOR LISTING: 229 QUEEN STREET EAST, City of Toronto. Retrieved on 2022-05-18. “The Kormann House Hotel is an important local feature that anchors the southwest corner of Queen Street East and Sherbourne Street. Near the northeast corner of the intersection, the row of shops (1889) at 216-232 Queen Street East is recognized on the City’s heritage inventory, and the neighbouring portions of the Carlyle Block (1892-1893) at 234-242 Queen Street East are designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act.”
  7. Jacob Rutka. Why was Kormann House never built?, The Grid TO, 2012-11-06. Retrieved on 2022-05-18. “A company called KC Developments sought to turn the old heritage building at the southwest corner of Queen and Sherbourne into a 10-storey, mixed-use residential building, with 60 condo units and retail on the ground floor, keeping the historical façade intact, of course.” mirror
  8. Long-abandoned Toronto building to be reborn into the base of a condo tower – blogTO, Toronto Daily Tribune, 2021-11-28. Retrieved on 2022-05-18. “The former hotel has been abandoned for the better part of two decades now. A mid-aughts plan to revive the property fell flat, and years later, its exterior has visibly deteriorated.”