By the early 1900′s one man’s vision began the transformation of the Humber Valley forever. Robert Home Smith, financier, railway builder, real estate developer and avid sportsman purchased 3,000 acres in the Humber Valley, from Lake Ontario to what was to become Eglinton Avenue. His concept was to develop a unique modern community.
The Old Mill Tea Garden acted as the community centre for the residents of this new residential development, a place where news and events of the day were exchanged. Home Smith’s motto “A LITTLE BIT OF ENGLAND FAR FROM ENGLAND” epitomized his objective to create a Toronto suburb of grace and tranquility through English Tudor architecture.
In 1991 George and Michael Kalmar restored and reconstructed the original grist mill and opened the Old Mill Hotel on October 2001, featuring 57 luxurious appointed rooms and suites, a full service spa and an English style bar dedicated to Robert Home Smith.
On September 18, 2014, one hundred years following Robert Home Smith’s vision, the Old Mill Toronto celebrated their Centennial Anniversary with an opulent Event.
So begins the new chapter in shaping the history of the Old Mill.
The Red carpet was rolled out in anticipation of our guests arrival.
The Paparazzi were feverishly waiting to snap away at our honoured guests.
Everyone was smiling on the Red carpet!
Our “TIFF” board was a hit with all of our guests posing for the cameras!
Stilt walkers, mimes, contortionists, magicians, balloon sculptors and jugglers were all on-site to entertain everyone with their talents.
The Executive Chef Martin Buehner and his culinary team went over the top to impress and tantalize our tastebuds with Italian flare, Sushi Bars, Seafood Stations, Ultimate Patio BBQ, Gourmet Grill Cheese, decadent desserts and much much more, oh and of course one can’t forget the ultimate liquid nitrogen Ice Cream stand!
Our flower shop team of designers were responsible for the decor, which was spectacular!
Of course the night was not complete until we sang Happy Birthday to the Old Mill…you don’t turn 100 everyday!
Thank you to all of our guests and to our partners, AV Canada, Trius Wines, Belvedere Vodka, Mill Street Brewery and Ken Shaw Lexus for celebrating our Centennial in style.
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