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By Sydnia Yu – The Globe and Mail
Buyers are free to make their mark at the Wallace Station Lofts conversion project in the Junction. One person used more than 25 exotic woods in his loft, for example, and another — a bachelor — wanted a Jacuzzi on a platform opposite his bed.
“This project was for individualists who don’t want something everyone else can buy,” says George Powers, developer of the Wallace Station Lofts project, which got its name from a train station that once stood nearby.
Located at 371 Wallace Ave. in the Dundas and Bloor area, Wallace Station Lofts consists of a four-storey warehouse, built in 1929 for the Canadian Glue Stamp Factory, and four coach houses, constructed for the company in 1949. Each of the lofts within the restored buildings has a different design.
“This is a one-of-a-kind project with one-of-a-kind lofts,” Mr. Powers says. “There are few buildings in Toronto that offer this kind of design and lifestyle.”
Finishes have included burnt copper backsplashes, and floors made of various kinds and shades of old wood. Most Wallace Station Lofts units have curved walls, while some feature an atrium or a 1,000-square-foot rooftop garden.
The industrial red brick, art deco-style facade of the main Wallace Station Lofts structure has been preserved. Interior features include the original freight elevator, working sprinkler system, and two-foot-thick beams of Douglas fir held together with cast-iron fittings.
Mr. Powers, an expert in antiques who owns Antique Treasure Traders, introduced other heritage elements, including a Victorian cast-iron fence, an arched oak door with leaded glass and side panels from a Rosedale mansion, and a front door knocker believed to have once belonged to Eva Peron.
Within the Wallace Station Lofts itself, bricks from the old factory chimney were used to create four pillars in a decorative facade for the parking lot.
“Everything we did was to enhance the age and the beauty of the building,” Mr. Powers says.
Some additional features include multiple-level living spaces, 10- to 18-feet ceilings, steel entry doors and exposed brick walls. Wallace Station Lofts will contain appliances, and some will have patios and terraces.
The site is serviced by the Dundas West subway and GO Train station.
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