Thursday, July 11, 2013

Former Industry On King St W

These 2 attractive Victorian buildings were built as the home for the Gurney Stove Foundry - the one on the right built in 1872 and the one on the left in 1890 as business flourished. They are among the oldest industrial buildings in Toronto but are now occupied by restaurants, clubs, high-end studios, and stores. Through the years the facades had been covered with tin and it wasn't until the present owners removed the tin and restored the buildings that their beauty was once more revealed. The interiors are all exposed brick and pine beams - lovely!

19 comments:

JM said...

Great reuse. The buildings are fantastic.

Sharon said...

Wow, I can't even imagine covering this up with tin siding. It's a beautiful old building.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

as soon as i saw this building it made me think of a building in New Orleans, Louisiana i took a pic of not to long ago. would you please take a look at this post & just see what you think (6th pic down within this post i am linking)... it sort of looks the same. neat, i think. http://www.elizardbreathspeaks.com/2012/08/flags-n-nawlins.html

have a great Thursday. ( :

Karen said...

I'd love to see the inside.

TexWisGirl said...

i like when they convert industrial buildings to retail or residential use!

llandudnopictures said...

Wonderful looking building, imagine covering it all up? Crazy!

Deb said...

They have a classical look to them and are very similar in design to Victorian factories over here.

Halcyon said...

I'd love to go inside! They look fantastic from the outside. :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love to hear about successful restorations. Did I ask you yesterday if you were OK with the flooding? I guess so, you're still here!

Laura. M said...

Great restoration Pat. And reused.
Home again, the holidays are over: ((
A kiss.

Lowell said...

There is a lot of beauty there! Oh, wait, you were talking about the buildings!

Seriously they are gorgeous and I'd love to see the interior!

Your comment on Ocala brought a big grin to my face; you have a great sense of humor!

William Kendall said...

Stunning!

Jack said...

They look great, RedPat. Quite distinguished. The bicycle rider is a good addition to this image.

Randy said...

That is one nice looking building.

Andy said...

I love these old buildings. It's nice to see them restored to their glory.

Birdman said...

To hide this beautiful brick? What were they thinking?

PerthDailyPhoto said...

How amazing to think that this lovely building was covered with tin Pat, fascinating! It looks so good restored like this.

EG CameraGirl said...

Great restoration!

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

looks like there is a great place for dining outside as well.