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Carved from the early 20th century Toronto Feather and Down Company factory on Dundas Steet West, the Feather Factory Lofts is one of the newest additions to the Toronto loft conversion scene. Rising only 5 storeys above the intersection of Dundas and Ritchie, this boutique loft houses only 44 hard lofts.
These lofts retain the original charm and workmanship of the wooden posts and beams. Large expanses of mullioned windows highlight the industrial nature of the lofts. Exposed brick seals the hard loft appeal. Ceilings range up to 14 1/2 feet in this converted factory. Topping it all off, stainless steel counter tops in the kitchen highlight the factory feel of the Feather Factory Lofts.
There have been a few starts and stops with the Feather Factory Lofts. I am not too sure, but I think the current “Grand Opening” is the second or third. Not sure what happened before, as they were not cooperating with outside agents, and thus would not allow me to help clients at the sales centre. But Plazacorp is behind it now – and they know lofts (Bloorline Lofts and the Chocolate Company Lofts). With the lofts now on MLS, I can now help anyone interested in the Feather Factory Lofts!
They say every loft is complete and you can move in right away. Let’s hope this time everything works out. Oh yes, they are also including bicycle storage and a Zipcar membership with each loft.
The building originally housed the B. F. Harvey Company Factory is a great example of a medium-scaled industrial warehouse, typical of the type built in the early 20th century in Toronto’s industrial neighbourhoods. It features the solid timber frame construction, robust brick cladding, and symmetrical placement of industrial-scale window openings associated with industrial design.
With the addition of two floors to the original three-storey structure, the building was highlighted with elements of the popular Edwardian Classical style, particularly the modest parapet and stone detailing at the division between the new and old sections, as well as a substantial cornice along the roofline. The added height and subtle Classical detailing gives the B. F. Harvey Company Factory a distinction and visibility on Dundas Street West where it stands out from the surrounding commercial and residential building stock.
The design of the B. F. Harvey Factory involved the work of two Toronto architects. When the original three-storey factory was commissioned in 1910 and built in 1911, manufacturer Benjamin Harvey engaged James Walker, who had received awards for interior and graphic designs. After the Toronto Feather and Down Factory began a long-term occupancy of the site, two floors and a cornice were added according to the plans (1922) of William F. Sparling.
In practice since 1905, Sparling was associated with Samuel Curry during his early career, and gained expertise in designing Classically inspired buildings, including the Toronto Trust and Guarantee Building in the Financial District. Beginning in the late 1920s, he was a partner in the firm of Sparling Martin and Forbes. However, it was during his solo career between 1917 and 1928 that Sparling received his best-known commission for the Masonic Temple (1918) at Yonge Street and Davenport Road. The varied projects that followed included the unexecuted plans for the conversion of Casa Loma into residential apartments.
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