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.
Alas, they didn't preserve the sign
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.
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.
Because of all the condos in the area now, the corner of Dovercourt and Sudbury has recently become a three-way stop.