Scholes Hotel

The March 12 1937 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this ad for the Scholes Hotel:


From the Toronto city directories, I traced the history of the Scholes Hotel:

  • In the 1880 directory, John F. Scholes is listed as operating the Toronto Athletic Club at 185 Yonge Street.
  • In the 1885 and 1890 directories, 185 Yonge is just listed as a saloon, run by John F. Scholes.
  • In the 1900 directory, the Athlete Hotel is listed at 203 Yonge, with J F Scholes as the proprietor.
  • The building is named the Athlete Hotel until 1924, if the city directories are to be believed, and was renamed the Scholes Hotel in 1925. (Some sources list the name change as happening in 1918.)
  • By 1946, the Scholes Hotel was at 201-3 Yonge, and John L. Scholes was the president of its company. Maude L. Scholes was the secretary-treasurer.
  • In 1947, the hotel was sold; it was still listed as the Scholes Hotel, but Harvey Lichtenberg had taken over as president. He remodelled it into the Colonial Tavern.

BlogTO has a picture of the Scholes Hotel – its sign is quite striking.


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