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Chocolate Company Lofts – 955 Queen Street West

Across from Trinity Bellwoods Park, in a neighbourhood that has an established sense of authenticity, you will find the Chocolate Company Lofts. The Chocolate Company Lofts are located at 955 Queen Street West, a traditional looking building in Queen Street West, between Crawford and Massey Streets. The current structure both links and complements two existing historic buildings, though you would almost never recognize them now.

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The most original part of the Chocolate Company Lofts

The building was not a chocolate factory per se, but was home to the Patterson Candy Company, who was known for their chocolates. Since the Candy Factory Lofts name had been taken a few years earlier, Plazacorp had to play with the name a bit. John Patterson and Robert Wilson launched the Boston Candy Company as a retail store on Yonge Street in 1888. Soon after Wilson’s retirement in 1891, Patterson bestowed his name on the company and expanded into manufacturing with a successive series of plants along Queen Street West.

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The alley behind the Chocolate Company Lofts, running west from Massey Street

Among the company’s claims was the opening of Canada’s largest soda fountain on Yonge Street in 1911, which promised patrons “the most delightful cooling drinks you’ve ever tasted.” After Patterson’s death in 1921, his sons William and Christopher took full control of the company. They sold the business to Jenny Lind Candy Shops owner Ernest Robinson in 1947, who maintained the Patterson brand for at least another decade.

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One of the Patterson Candy Co.’s yummy products

At the time of Robinson’s purchase, it was noted that many of the employees had long tenures with the company, possibly due to benefits like a cafeteria, music during working working hours (not specified if it was live or piped in), paid holidays, and a generous health plan. Judging by the number of Patterson-sponsored athletic teams mentioned in the sports sections of local newspapers, and sizable donations given to the YMCA, it appears that the company was very interested in the physical health of their employees or wanted to prevent them from suffering the ill-effects of overindulgence on the production line.

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An old ad for Patterson’s chocolates, the genesis of the Chocolate Company Lofts’ name

The most enduring legacy of Patterson Candy is the plant it built at the corner of Queen Street West and Massey Street in 1912. After an expansion in 1928, the five-storey plant included a printing plant and paper box manufacturing equipment amid its 60,000 square feet of air-conditioned work space. Full O’ Cream and Wildfire bars may be long gone, but you can live sweetly in the old Patterson premises in its current incarnation as the Chocolate Company Lofts.

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Lower level Chocolate Company Loft unit with private entrance

The suites are simply breathtaking. Consisting of a mix of vintage loft architecture and modern loft design, the units offer loft living at its finest. Among their features are wood slate ceilings, steel beams, exposed duct work, hardwood floors, wooden pillar and column style construction, beautiful exposed brick walls, very large windows, and high ceilings. The suites also boast french balconies and a few private entrances. Some of the units are 2-story penthouses with private terraces that allow for spectacular views of the city.

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Chocolate Company Loft bedroom with lovely brick and wood details

The experience of building the Chocolate Company Lofts on Queen Street West was not exactly sweet. It was a daunting design task and incredible engineering feat. The design and construction teams took two early 20th-century buildings and added a third brand new building along Queen Street West to link and extend them.

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Chocolate Company Lofts have nice neighbourhood views along Queen West

The problem was that the two older structures were built about 25 years apart, so there was no correlation between them in terms of ceiling heights or anything. It was incredibly challenging. The result is a mixture of old and new. There are units with wooden beams and exposed brick, some with exposed concrete walls and ceilings, and others with large windows and Juliet balconies.

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Warehouse windows let lots of light into the Chocolate Company Lofts

The Chocolate Company Lofts, formerly the Paterson Chocolate factory was converted in 2004 by Plazacorp. The building houses 144 lofts and is situated opposite the lovely Trinity Bellwoods park in the design district. It is arguable the best location of any Toronto loft development in the city. The building has both hard and soft lofts. The old chocolate factory to the east of the building offers gorgeous yellow brick, timber posts and 12 ft wood ceilings. The soft loft units have very functional layouts with 10.5 ft concrete ceilings. All units have exposed duct work, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The building offers a 24hr concierge, cool party room and a basic exercise room.

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Make sure to check out the Chocolate Company Lofts for yourself

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Contact Laurin Jeffrey for more information – 416-388-1960

Laurin Jeffrey is a Toronto real estate agent with Century 21 Regal Realty.
He did not write these articles, he just reproduces them here for people who
are interested in Toronto real estate. He does not work for any builders.

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Chambers Courtyard Lofts – 30 Morrow Avenue

Morrow Avenue has been transformed over the last 15 years from the gritty industrial street it was, to a series of redefined buildings. These buildings now house an art gallery of much merit, a loft development and a series of other thought-based businesses types. This avenue is really worth a stroll, particularly on Sundays when it’s quiet and the weekday business bustle is absent.

The Chambers Courtyard Lofts at 30 Morrow Avenue is a hidden gem – a converted industrial building on one of the coolest Junction-area streets. A two-storey, nine-unit boutique loft conversion with an exterior of brick and stone. Situated on a large private landscaped courtyard at the end of Morrow Avenue, overlooking the West Toronto Railpath. Large, expensive, private, gated. This is not your typical loft conversion! Completed around 2008, they are never for sale. When they are, expect prices close to $1 million and sizes over 2,000 square feet.

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The front of the long building running along the south side of the Chambers Courtyard Lofts

Besides being home to some of the city’s most esteemed art galleries, think Olga Korper and Christopher Cutts, Morrow Avenue is nothing but hidden cool. This proper loft is indeed a secret gem located off of Dundas Street West and just steps from Roncesvalles. With it’s handsome brick exterior one can only wish a loft were for sale any time soon so as to grab it in a hurry! The whole aesthetic is bar none and reminds me why I fell in love with the loft concept way back when no one in the city was very keen on this type of living space. Retrofitted century buildings are the gold standard of hard lofts.

Only 2-storeys tall, the building’s units range in size from 1,750 to 2,154 square feet. Amenities include a private and gated landscaped courtyard. Parking is available underground.

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The actual courtyard of the Chambers Courtyard Lofts

The building across the street housing Olga Korper Gallery used was once a foundry, then a garbage repository for a mattress factory… but I am not sure of the provenance of number 30 Morrow Avenue. Maybe it was the mattress factory that sent its garbage to number 17? Right across is the old Canadian Hanson & Van Winkle Co. Limited building, which I believe dealt in  electro-plating and polishing equipment and supplies. The building attached to the south at 2 Silver Avenue looks bank-like to me, though I would be it was the office part of whatever factory Chambers Courtyard Lofts used to be. Or it is just something different, built abutting the other building.

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About the only interior view, of only one unit of the Chambers Courtyard Lofts

If you take note, there are at least 4 different phases to the building – from the long main building, then the corner addition, the beveled apartment-style front that everyone remember through to the red brick northern phase. Believe it or not, that northern piece is brand new – the developer did a fantastic job of making it look like part of the original complex. I sure wish I could dig up more information on this cool loft.

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Contact Laurin Jeffrey for more information – 416-388-1960

Laurin Jeffrey is a Toronto real estate agent with Century 21 Regal Realty.
He did not write these articles, he just reproduces them here for people who
are interested in Toronto real estate. He does not work for any builders.

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Century Lofts – 365 Dundas Street East

The Century Lofts have not been around for 100 years, more 75 or so. But since the Imperial Lofts already existed, they needed another name. Where “Century” came from, no one seems to know. The developer was apparently a local slumlord who wanted to turn the building into a 200-unit rooming house. When the city stopped him, he tried his hand a loft conversion.

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The wonderful Art Deco exterior of the Century Lofts

This is a weird one for me, as I spent a few years a child living on Ontario Street, just south of Dundas. I would have gone past the old optical factory every day, but I don’t remember it in the least. Mind you… this was back around 1977-1979 or so. The lofts tend to sell for less than comparable units elsewhere. Mainly because the area is still pretty rough around the edges. I know there was a lot of local “character” when I lived there, but very little has changed in 35+ years.

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The simple lobby of the Century Lofts

The Century Lofts originally started life in the 1940s as the Imperial Optical Company’s lens factory. Built of yellow brick and poured concrete this building is an excellent example of the Art Deco style. The building was converted to lofts in 2000 and today is home to 41 residential and live/work lofts spanning the two original stories. The owners successfully obtained a Beautiful City grant in 2009 to improve the streetscape of their building. The planters and plantings went in during the summer and are a great addition to the community.

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The Century Lofts fronts an entire block on Dundas East

The Imperial Optical Company originally built its factory fronting onto Ontario Street. Imperial Optical was founded in 1900 by Mr. Percy Hermant and was the first prescription lens business in the Maritimes. Percy headed the company until his death in 1959, and under his leadership the company eventually grew to be the largest company of its kind in the British Commonwealth. The head office was located in the Hermant Building (named for Percy) at 21 Dundas Square (which is still there, designated heritage by the City). After Percy’s death, the company passed into the hands of his son Sydney, who sold majority control to the Caribbean based Harcourt Carter Optical in 1965. By 1991, Harcourt Carter Optical had assumed total control of Imperial Optical.

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The Century Lofts are simple but large and open

The original two storey building for Imperial Optical at 270 Ontario Street contained a storage facility, a garage, janitor’s quarters and an employees’ restaurant. I have not been able to find a connection in my research, but I have a feeling that this is the same company that built the Imperial Lofts. They are also an old Imperial Optical facility. Seeing as how large the company was at one point, I do not find it odd that more than one of their buildings would have survived. That would make 3, including the old office at Yonge & Dundas. I also find it extra interesting that both 365 Dundas and 80 Sherbourne are both Art Deco, built of yellow brick with concrete details.

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The wooden entrance doors and warehouse windows of the Century Lofts

The Century Lofts is one of the only Art Deco lofts available in Toronto. The Tip Top Lofts being the most famous, Forest Hill Lofts is another fine example, as well as the above mentioned Imperial Lofts (south building). They don’t make ’em like this any more! The Century Lofts is an intimate, welcoming, and successful conversion. It is home to many artists, musicians, and health, business and legal professionals.

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Lots of light from the Century Lofts’ large windows

Much younger than many of its neighbours, the Century Lofts building is an impressive south Cabbagetown brick and concrete structure just bursting with character. Converted to residential living in 2000, Century Lofts retains the original art deco motif with streamlined shapes and elegant simplicity that exude the building’s strength and authentic character.

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Another Century Lofts interior shot showing a concrete mushroom column

Art Deco captured the spirit of the 1920s and 1930s, and continues today at Century Lofts. The building’s clean horizontal lines, sculpted vertical pillars, terrazzo and concrete flooring, and huge industrial windows, brilliantly embody all the elements and aura of this style.

Composed of 41 units ranging from 470-square-foot studios to 1,150-square-foot two bedroom lofts, the fully original brick, concrete, wood and steel beam structure is praised for its ‘New York-style’ loft identity. All of the lofts feature soaring 11-1/2-foot ceilings, some with wood and steel I-beams and others with concrete and mushroom cap columns. The Terrazzo floors are sure to remind you of your school days!

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Century Lofts are bright and airy, open concept like a loft should be

Century Lofts feels very much at home on Dundas Street East and within the area’s old Victorian houses. Its height, material and detail are all in harmony and at ease. The unassuming simplicity is supported by its strong Art Deco character, blending gracefully into the tree-lined streets of Seaton and Ontario. is only a few blocks away, and the Bloor ramp to the DVP is just to the northeast.

Century Lofts is located at 365 Dundas Street East, on the south side of Dundas between Seaton and Ontario Streets. As far as downtown living and commuting goes, the building’s location is incredibly convenient. The Dundas streetcar stop is located directly in front of the building. As well, Yonge Street, Bloor Street, The Gardiner Expressway, and The Don Valley Parkway are all about a kilometer (two minute drive) away.

Bonus Trivia: Michael Ondaatje wrote Divisadero while renting a unit in the building!

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Contact Laurin Jeffrey for more information – 416-388-1960

Laurin Jeffrey is a Toronto real estate agent with Century 21 Regal Realty.
He did not write these articles, he just reproduces them here for people who
are interested in Toronto real estate. He does not work for any builders.

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