Longboat Development / ALT Hotel project.
The oldest is the Clarendon Hotel. The present building was constructed in 1920, though hotels on the site go back as far as 1883. In fact, the ALT Hotel will be the fourth different hotel at this intersection !
According to a 1920s Free Press article, the western wall of the hotel, abutting the Mitchell Copp / Bank of Commerce building, is the original 1883 wall. I'll be keeping an eye out for any interesting painted signs or advertising !
For a history of the Clarendon Hotel.
The youngest is the circa 1951 Donalda Building , long time home to The Orchid Florists and most recently Urban Planet.
For a history of the Donalda Building.
Also, there is the Kennedy / Mitchell Copp Building. It dates back to 1906, though it had a major rebuild in 1919. The facade of this building is supposed to be incorporated into the new development.
For a history of this building.
A fourth and final structure, the Norlyn Building, will be torn down for a parking structure. That won't take place until the summer.
Here's a look back at the intersection through the decades !