Thursday, May 24, 2012
Art Deco On Spadina Ave
This is the entrance to the Balfour Building which was designed by architect Benjamin Brown in 1930 for a local clothing company. At that time this part of lower Spadina was known as the "garment district" and was lined with factories producing clothes. Today most of these factories have been turned into design offices and gallery spaces with a few still being used as artist studios but the rents have climbed. This area is now called the "Fashion District" for the many fashion retailers that occupy the ground floors of the buildings. The Balfour building has been historically designated because of its stylish Art Deco design so will remain intact!