In the summer of 2012 I had an opportunity to walk the halls of this amazing historical building in Port Hope and document my explorations in this brief photo essay. Erected in the 1870, it was originally known as The Queen’s Hotel. Although The Walton has fallen into disrepair in the recent decades, the interior still bears the traces of the hotel’s former glory, which saw its heyday at the turn of the last century. The exposed interior is full of ornate wallpaper, tin ceiling tiles and a century-worth of peeling paint. The former dining room features 19th century theatrical posters remarkably preserved – a dream-come-true for any graphic designer out there.
The Walton will not be abandoned for much longer – Port Hope resident William Ryan who purchased the building in the spring of 2012 plans to revitalize this landmark property, while staying true to its architectural roots. You can read more about this project here.
Keep an eye out for one of my favourite finds – a pencil drawing that was discovered under a section of peeling wallpaper in one of the rooms on the second floor of The Walton.