Fonds S512 - Waterloo Inn fonds

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Waterloo Inn fonds

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  • 1972-2015 (Creation)
    Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel

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1.28 m of textual records
17 VHS videocassette tapes

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The Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel was a hotel and conference centre located on a 19 acre site at 475 King Street North in Waterloo, Ontario. Hotel features included 160 guestrooms, 19 meeting and banquet rooms, ballroom, indoor pool, exercise room and two restaurants. Catering services accommodated groups of up to 1,500. It opened in 1972 as the Waterloo Motor Inn, and closed on December 15, 2015.

The Waterloo Motor Inn was built in 1972 as a two-story motel with 40 guestrooms and 3 banquet rooms. In 1974 a new wing was constructed, adding 40 more guestrooms. In 1978 the Inn was purchased by The Bingeman group. The addition of the tower in 1982 added 80 more guestrooms, and additional banquet and meeting space.

Food and entertainment were part of the Waterloo Inn experience. Originally The Keller Room, located on the lower level, provided live entertainment. In 1978 the space was turned into a disco named Fat Albert’s, later renamed Fat’s Disco. In 1982 it was renamed Ruby’s and later, Ruby’s Classic, a space for private functions. Fine dining was offered at Rushes.

In 1986 Mary D’Alton was appointed general manager of the hotel. She remained at the Waterloo Inn until it closed, becoming president and managing director.

In 2015 the property was sold to Drewlo Holdings, a real estate development and property management firm. In June 2016 ABB Hotel Management Group reopened the hotel, renaming it The Inn of Waterloo.

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This fonds contains records from the Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel, which closed on December 15, 2015. Includes newspaper clippings, promotional material, architectural drawings, video, photographs, memorabilia and restaurant menus.

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