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Toronto Silver Plate Building (now known as The Fashion House Condos) – 570 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto Silver Plate Building (now known as The Fashion House Condos) – 570 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

By     Jan 8th, 2016

Toronto Silver Plate markBuilt in 1882 for James A Watt’s Toronto Silver Plate Company, the building is a classic example of a late 19th century industrial building; 4 story rectangular shaped, red brick cladding, stone trim, and slate gable roof. The company was the first in Canada to manufacture silver plated products and remained in business until 1929.

In December 2010, the building was protected by the Ontario Heritage Act. Freed Developments purchased the property in 2009, with the intention of restoring the neglected building into a mixed-use residential and commercial property. Construction of the 12 story, 334 unit residential condominium began in the spring 2011 connecting the past and the present. Structural analysis on the historic building concluded that the original wood framing needed to be replaced with a steel frame to meet Ontario Building Code requirements. Care was taken to restore and preserve the original masonry. Contractor’s faced the challenge of matching the historic bricks.

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In addition to the new condominiums, the ground floor of the old Toronto Silver Plate Building is home to the Keg Restaurant.

Toronto Silver Plate Building Semi-Weathering Sea Green

In 2014, we supplied 60 squares of our North Country Semi-Weathering Sea Green (18” x 10” x ¼”-3/8”) providing another 100 year life to the Toronto Silver Plate Building.

Toronto Silver Plate Building Semi-Weathering Sea Green Roof
By     Jan 8th, 2016

Sheena Owen

Sheena Owen began working for North Country Slate on October 12, 1999. Started as the Sales Coordinator and transitioned to a Sales Representative. Daily duties include providing customer service, new business development, inside sales, handling all cross-border customs issues/documentation, arranging shipments, health and safety representation and social media marketing. Sheena graduated from the University of Guelph in 1992 with a BA in English and Drama and in 1995 graduated with a Diploma in Radio and Television Broadcasting from Centennial College. Sheena’s first job was the Executive Producer’s Assistant for TV shows including Robocop, F/X The Series and Nikita. She went on to becoming an Assistant Manager at Eddie Bauer. In her spare time, Sheena enjoys traveling, gardening and hikes with family and friends.
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  • Posted on 10-02-2016 by Candace Perry

    Love the history and photos of this building. Great blog post on slate roofing, thanks for sharing!!