Hillcrest Motel

May 6th, 2008
Hillcrest Motel

The end of an era is near.  The historic (?) Hillcrest Motel near Park Lawn and Lake Shore Blvd. has been sold to condo developers and will soon be torn down.  I snapped this shot back in 2006 thinking that it might not survive much longer.  Unfortunately I was right.

Although it’s tacky and a somewhat seedy reminder of what this neighborhood used to be (isolated from downtown, and somewhat industrial), I find these motels offer a sort of character that is not found anywhere else in the city.

Fellow Canadians might recognise this sign from tv ads on Showcase.

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