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Feather Factory Lofts — 2154 Dundas Street West

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.

Feather Factory Lofts - 2154 Dundas Street West

Feather Fac­tory Lofts — 2154 Dun­das Street West

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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