Saturday, 5 January 2013

The Fairgrieve building, Toronto, ON

When I moved to the 'hood in 2001, Fairgrieve building was being used as a garage and some artists had studios.  It was demolished to make way for more condos.

The Fairgrieve in Fairgrieve & Son was Archibald Fairgrieve. He emigrated to Toronto from Edinburgh by himself as a teenager in about 1880. The "Son" was Frederick who was born in 1885 (the start date for Fairgrieve & Son). Fred's three sons (Bruce, Donald and Douglas) all worked for the family company. Donald died in 1990 and Bruce and Douglas died in early 2010 at the ages of 92 and 87.

Fairgrieve & Son started as a metal stamping company but they made it big as manufacturers of wringer washing machines. The old Eaton's Viking wringer washers were made there. The family company was taken over in 1971 but the factory was in use until 1979.

December 2010
Alas, they didn't preserve the sign
December 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011
February 2011
This apartment building (the "Essex") is just north of
where the Fairgrieve building used to be.
Until the summer of 2010, it was a pink crackhouse called "Casa Stefania".
It was renovated and now they charge $2000+ an apartment.
February 2011
The side view of the Essex.
It's interesting to note that four windows in in the Essex
(two upper and two lower in the back) look like they
have been blocked up for many years.

January 2012
February 2012
January 2013
January 2013

Because of all the condos in the area now, the corner of Dovercourt and Sudbury has recently become a three-way stop.


Masshole Mommy said...

Wow - that's quite an improvement!

ray dimmock said...

I worked at the Duffern St plant for a few years. Wow the memories of working there. It was before safety standards mostly. A lot of fingerless men back then. One of the reasons I refused to do punch press work. I drove forklift. That was a fairly safe place to work although I came close to being killed one afternoon when lowering a basket full of metal plates when the front door suddenly opened shower the top of the forklift. If you seen what protected me then you'd think a miracle saved my sorry butt. Basically it was a minimum wage factory until we got a Union. Then the wages increased and so did the safety standards

Unknown said...

Donald Fairgrieve was my grandfather- Id love to speak with you more about the building and what made you write about it. Any response would be appreciated if possible. Thank you

Unknown said...

Gina Gillis