Toronto’s architectural gems—the Toronto Silver Plate Company on King St. West

29 Jul


In this photo, the factory and offices of the Toronto Silver Plate Company at 570 King Street West are hidden behind fencing. Thankfully, it has been restored (2015) and is now included in a condo project—Fashion House.


The condo project in the spring of 2013, the historic Toronto Silver Plate Company to the west (left-hand side) of the modern condo of glass and steel.


This map from the 1890 Goad’s Atlas in the Toronto Reference Library depicts the extent of the factory complex on King Street. In that year, its postal number was 452 King Street. On either side of the factories were empty fields. The lot to the east of the complex was the home and private grounds of John Spence. To the west, the land was used to cut cedar blocks with a portable sawmill. Only the building facing King Street survives today, of the complex shown in the above map,


In this photo the building is under restoration, so it is difficult to imagine how impressive it would have appeared when it was first erected. Prior to its construction, on the site there were small shops and homes — a brewer, tailor, railway shunter, and carter. When the building in the above photo was completed in 1875, the ground floor contained an office, a showroom, packing facilities, and a shop for stamping designs on the silver items. On the second floor were facilities for burnishing and bufffing the silver. The attic space was used for storage. The building was part of a complex that included a foundry and electro-plating facilities.

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These photos were taken in July of 2013, showing the building being restored.

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                       The south facade of the building facing King Street.


The restored historic Toronto Silver Plate Building has been completed and integrated into the new condo project, the Fashion House, it will be a handsome addition the the streetscape of the Kings West District.


The restored building in May 2015, a restaurant occupying the ground-floor level 

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The Bank of Nova Scotia at King and Bay Streets

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Toronto’s architectural gems—the Runnymede Library

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The Reading Building, a warehouse loft on Spadina Avenue

The Darling Building on Spadina Avenue

The amazing Fashion Building on Spadina Avenue

Toronto’s architectural gems – the Tower Building at Spadina and Adelaide Street

The Balfour Building at 119 Spadina Avenue

The Robertson Building at 215 Spadina that houses the Dark Horse Espresso Bar

An architectural gem – Grossman’s Tavern at Spadina and Cecil Streets

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The Art Deco bus terminal at Bay and Dundas Streets.

The old Dominion Bank Building at King and Yonge Street

The Canada Life Building on University and Queen Street West.

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Toronto’s first City Hall, now a part of the St. Lawrence Market

Toronto’s Draper Street, a time-tunnel into the 19th century

The Black Bull Tavern at Queen and Soho Streets, established in 1822

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The opening of the University Theatre on Bloor Street, west of Bay St.

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