Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Many Different Lives
This building at Dupont & Christie St is the neighbour of the little storage building I showed you on Friday. This was built in 1914 by the Ford Motor Co as an automotive factory. The 1st floor was showroom, 2nd floor was warehouse, 3rd & 4th were assembly (all by hand), top floor was painting, and the roof was a test track if you can believe it. Ford stayed here until 1925 and then there were various owners until Planters Peanuts bought it in 1948 and stayed until 1987. (My dad worked for Planters!) In 1994 it was bought by Faema who distribute and make espresso machines and they have totally restored and renewed the building. It now has a great cafe on the main floor and various offices and studios on the other floors.