Archive for March, 2010

Maple Leaf Mills/St Marys Cement repairs to window area



After many years of completely smashed out windows the warehouse part of the old Maple Leaf Mills  site – now used by St Marys Cement has had the window fenestration area repaired. Much the original window opening  has been filled in by plywood sheeting while a small area has a new window inset

Dogs, are there that many in the Junction area?


Until recently a dry cleaners and laundry This store on the south side of Dundas St West, just east of Quebec Ave, is becoming a doggy daycare.

Are there that many dog sin the Junction?

Destruction Junction

More and more destruction

More and more destruction


These two photos highlight the changes taking place in the north Junction/ upper Junction. (the author cannot not figure out want the area wants to be called- although I sincerely believe it’s simply part of the Junction)

The removal of the Nina Ricci plant that once stood on the open lot pictured above and the almost complete removal of the old Carlton Village Public school as the site in converted into a new police station.

Nordheimer Piano & Music Co history article with exclusive image

The blog asked David Wencer to write  an article about the Nordheimer Piano & Music Co. As on the blogs tour of the The Village by High Park project provided by Deltera’s senior site superintendent Sean McCaffrey – seeing the artifacts of his families Nordheimer Piano factory greatly interests this author in learning more about the factory. Sean McCaffrey is a direct descendant of Samuel Nordheimer the owner of the Nordheimer Piano factory pictured

follows… Sean’s image with his kind permission for it to used here, and David’s article.

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This portrait used to hang in his Glen Edyth estate at Davenport and Spadina. Provided for use in this post by Sean McCaffrey.

Nordheimer Piano & Music Co., began in Kingston, Ontario, when brothers Abraham and Samuel Nordheimer opened a piano dealership in 1842. A few years later they moved to Toronto, and quickly became one of the Dominion’s top dealers of sheet music world-class pianos. Starting in 1858, Nordheimer was Canada’s official seller of Steinway pianos, and the two remained associated with each into the 20th Century.

The company thrived, and in the late 1880s Nordheimer began manufacturing their own pianos, first as part of a group project known as the Lansdowne Piano Company, and by 1890, under the Nordheimer name itself.

In early 1904 Nordheimer opened a state-of-the-art, five-storey factory in what was then the town of Toronto Junction, near what is now the northeast corner of Indian Grove and Hook Avenue. This new building was made of white brick, and featured 60,000 square feet of floorspace, a lumber yard, two large elevator shafts, and a fancy new sprinkler system. The facilities enabled Nordheimer to produce pianos which had a very high reputation; advertising for the company mentions that “the Nordheimer Company’s ideal and energy is concentrated on the forces necessary to accomplish – regardless of cost – the product of the highest class and best grade only.”

An advertisement in a 1904 edition of the Toronto Globe touts the Junction factory’s railroad sidings “which, being used in connection with the different railway lines running through Toronto Junction give the Nordheimer Company the best facilities for shipping their manufactured products to every part of the Dominion.” From this facility Nordheimer was not only able to ship goods across Canada, but also to send finished pianos to their warerooms and recital hall in downtown Toronto, located at 15 King Street East.

By the early 20th Century, Nordheimer claimed to be the oldest piano and music establishment in the American continent. The company and the owners had certainly grown to be amongst Canada’s elite; Samuel had been President of the Federal Bank of Canada, President of the Toronto Philharmonic Society, and served the German Consul for Ontario. Abraham’s son Albert succeeded Samuel as head of the company; he himself served as the Dutch Consul-General for Canada.

Nordheimer officially ceased to be an independent company at the end of 1927, when Albert retired. Their Junction factory remained in use, however, manufacturing pianos under the Nordheimer name for Heintzman and Co., another prominent Toronto-based piano manufacturer. Sources disagree as to when Heintzman ceased the Nordheimer line, with the latest date given being 1960. It is believed that a total of 27,846 Nordheimer pianos were produced, the bulk of them at the Junction factory.

post text by David Wencer

Monarch Rd access sidewalk removed


Monarch Road at Junction Rd has lost it’s sidewalk access due to the West Toronto Diamond Project.  This roadway is slowly disappearing from our community and along with it the memories of  a beautiful  industrial roadway.


Tree loss in the Junction – Runnymede Heathcare Centre

Runnymede Heathcare Centre - Tree cutting March 21 2010

Runnymede Heathcare Centre - Tree cutting March 21 2010

A large tree on Fisken Ave in front of the nearly complete Runnymede Heathcare Centre was removed on Monday.  The tree appeared to be in good shape and was protected during the construction of the new centre.  So why cut it down now?

The neighbours around the site have been frustrated at the lack of communication from the centre and I’m sure there’re not going to appreciate this either.

post by Martin L. co-chair of the Junction Residents Association

Mulock Residents Assoc has a great image and two great stories right now

Gas Rite getting a tune up?

Gas Rite March 21 2010

A Zoning Review as been issued for the Gas Rite station located at 3449 Dundas Street West.  The proposal includes a “new Retail Building also one coin operated Car Wash and one Drive Thru Car Wash buildings.”

The Junction may still one day become Toronto’s car wash capital.

Submitted by Martin L.  co-chair of the Junction Residents Association

Handyman Shop 3077 Dundas Street West – Update

Handyman Shop March 19 2010

After only 3 weeks the Handyman Shop building is almost completely framed and what a difference it makes.  So far in my opinion the new building looks great.  The curved corner has been replaced, the size and placement of the windows looks good and even with the additional floor the scale is appropriate for the area.

My thanks to the developers for respecting the area and building what so far looks like a perfect addition to the Junction.  It proves you can teardown a hundred year old building and rebuild it with the same character.

I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks when we see the final finishes and the next few months when new tenants and businesses move in.

Submitted by Martin L. co -chair of the Junction Residents Association

West End Food Co-op Info Session


West End Food Co-op Info Session

WEFC is hosting information sessions for those interested in becoming co-op members, investors, supporters & learning more. The meetings will include:

Public Education Sessions: learn about the co-op movement; local food markets & other exciting topics

* Bond Information and Sales: support your co-op financially and learn more about community bonds

* Co-op Updates & Member Feedback: Learn about WEFC activities & projects and get involved.

Date: Thursday, March 25th
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Tinto cafe, 89 Roncesvalles Avenue.
For more information contact: