CTV reported on Monday that the Ritz-Carlton is getting a makeover! The Ritz finally got the message: it’s a little bit frumpy. The solution? Auction off everything old in the rooms and add a modern extension to the almost 100-year old building.
Miscellaneous items for sale.
The auction is June 25-26, but if you have no interest in trying to snag that chair Queen Elizabeth sat on (who are you?) then you can also peruse the items for sale at www.iegor.net (David Bowie, Samuel L. Jackson and Shania Twain all stayed in Suite 733 so I would probably check out the goods in that room first).
The view from Suite 733
The Montreal Ritz-Carlton is actually not part of the well known Ritz Carlton hotel chain. The Ritz-Carlton on 1228 Sherbrooke Street West, was opened in 1912 by a few investors that wanted a hotel where they could do business. It remains to be a symbol of luxury and history in Montreal’s Golden Square Mile.
In 2006 the Ritz-Carlton was sold to Torriani Luxury Hotel Management Canada Inc., who planned to put over $100 million into restoring the luxury hotel to its original luster. A Ritz-Carlton press release states that “the new residential wing will include construction of an elegant glass and stainless steel structure on the west facade and on the roof, which will discreetly enhance the unique character of the original building.”
Of course this is a heritage building so there will be limits, and certain rooms like the Oval Room and garden will be preserved. Still, for some reason they want to make a clear distinction between the new extension and the existing building in the design. I would like to know when exactly adding contrasting extensions to historic buildings became a trend (see: Place Viger project).
The room renovations seem reasonable and of minimal importance to me, seeing as I have only been to the Ritz to steal bathrobes. However, I am curious to see how the exterior construction turns out. Even though I am a huge fan of IKEA, I am a bit skeptical about the timeless nature of pewter, especially when combined with the classic facade of the Ritz.