Winchester Hotel

Located in the heart of Cabbagetown, the Winchester Hotel was first built in 1888, and is one of Toronto’s oldest surviving structures.

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History

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The property contains two sections, the eastern 2 and half story Winchester Hall (formerly known as the Lakeview Hotel) built in 1880, and the adjoining 3 and a half story Winchester Hotel built in 1888. The hotel has a dark history, colloquially referred to as the “Bucket of Blood”, due to the numerous fights which occurred in and around the property.

 

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The Winchester in 1954

 

New Beginnings

Over the next century the building underwent various alterations and tenants, but served as a cornerstone of the Cabbagetown community all the while.

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By 2000, the building was in need of some TLC. While the building had a steady tenant, the Winchester Pub, lack of proper maintenance meant it was far from¬†perfect. A revitalization effort began in 2004 to return the site to its original glory.¬†About ten years later, construction completed and the Winchester looked better than ever. Now home to Kingyo, a Japanese restaurant, Planet Paradise, a vape lounge, and a Tim Horton’s, the Winchester now serves as the meeting place for a new generation.

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