It’s Wayback Wednesday, sponsored by Jamie Lockwood, broker/owner of Sutton Group Muskoka Realty!
It’s hard to believe it’s been 13 years since the Empire Hotel burned down. It was once the highlight of Huntsville’s Main Street. The four-storey building had an omnipresence like no other. This photo, from the Huntsville Forester archives, circa 1960, shows the Empire Hotel in its glory. It was built in 1947. The hotel was later refurbished and turned into an apartment block but was gutted by fire in October 2009. When it burned, 50 affordable apartments were instantly removed from the market. The lot was cleared the following year. Eventually, it was put up for sale with more than one listing agent over the years. In March 2021, a listing agent out of Toronto confirmed that it had sold “firm” for just under a million dollars. During the Main Street reconstruction project completed this year, the lot was used to store equipment.
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