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Friday, September 30, 2022
Exploring Photos with the NOTL Museum: Bell hops at Queen’s Royal

This photograph is a new addition to our collection. It shows the bell hops, and their supervisors, of the Queen’s Royal Hotel lined up along the end of King Street. The former lawn bowling and tennis greens are fenced off behind them. Today you would see the gazebo and Queen’s Royal Park from this perspective. We know that the man fifth from the left is Walter Reid, but do you recognize anyone else in this photo? This first-class hotel opened in 1869 as the Royal Niagara Hotel. It was a destination for many wanting to escape the confines of the city and enjoy a peaceful time by the lake. The advancement of roads and cars and the beginning of the Depression era led to the demise of the hotel in 1927. After several furnishings were auctioned off, the building was demolished in 1930.