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    A Beginner’s Guide To Toronto’s Heritage Lofts

    For all you loft lovers out there, here’s a list of some of Toronto’s most desirable heritage status conversion lofts.

    Written By Lorena Beccari

    The nitty-gritty on heritage properties

    Conversion lofts, aka ‘hard lofts,’ are each full of their own charm and character, but the prized distinction as a heritage building sets a couple apart from the rest.

    We’ve rounded up some of Toronto’s heritage buildings that have been converted into hard lofts

    Unfortunately, you can’t just go around claiming to live in a heritage property just because your hard loft has seen many generations come through its doors. Luckily, though, heritage conservation is a priority in Toronto, and even more fortunately, a number of our city’s heritage buildings have been converted into coveted hard lofts.

    Toronto’s City Planning Division has a specific division known as the Heritage Preservation Services, and this group holds the power to deem a building worthy of heritage status. By their standards, heritage buildings in Toronto are important for their architectural value, or for its relation to a significant person or event or neighbourhood: the CN Tower is a heritage building, just as the [Tip Top Lofts]( is.

    Speaking of Lofts…

    We’ve rounded up some of Toronto’s heritage buildings that have been converted into hard lofts, for your reading pleasure.


    Historic Building Lofts in Toronto:

    289 Sumach Lofts

    Built: 1890

    Original Tenant: Ontario Medical College for Women

    Vintage Selling Point: During the renovation process the exterior of the building was restored to emulate the original building. This was done using photographs from a medical calendar that had been found beneath the baseboards.

    Argyle Lofts

    Built: 1919

    Original Tenant: Ideal Bread Company

    Vintage Selling Point: Oversized arched doorways and 16 foot ceilings.

    Feather Factory

    Built: 1911

    Original Tenant: B.F. Harvey Co. Bedding Factory

    Vintage Selling Point: Original hardwood floors and wooden beams, all of which has been restored to its former glory.

    Foundry Lofts

    Built: 1903

    Original Tenant: Canada Foundry Company

    Vintage Selling Point: A colossal, 1,600 square foot atrium that doubles as an event space for residents.

    Massey Harris Lofts

    Built: 1899

    Original Tenant: Head office of the Massey Harris agricultural equipment company

    Vintage Selling Point: 19th century masonry and bragging rights.

    The Merchandise Lofts

    Built: 1910

    Original Tenant: Simpson’s Department Store

    Vintage Selling Point: A hard to come by Chicago School architectural façade.

    The Vinegar Lofts

    Built: 1907

    Original Tenant: Queen City Vinegar Company

    Vintage Selling Point: The elegant yet welcoming Edwardian portico leading into the lobby.

    Richard Bigley Lofts

    Built: 1875

    Original Tenant: Richard Bigley, stove salesman

    Vintage Selling Point: Architect Eb Zeidler drew up the blueprints for the Eaton Centre inside this very building during the 1970s.

    St Lawrence Market Lofts

    Built: 1837

    Original Tenant: A wholesale grocer and his business

    Vintage Selling Point: This is Toronto’s first pre-confederation building to be converted into residential lofts.

    Tip Top Lofts

    Built: 1929

    Original Tenant: Tip Top Tailors

    Vintage Selling Point: Amongst a rare breed of Art Deco buildings in Toronto (plus it’s set idyllically beside Lake Ontario).

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