Silvano Colour Labs history and specs of the purpose built building currently for sale.

This  building was purposely for the professional printing  firm  Silvano Colour Lab a company that  was very big in the professional photo printing for decades. 1st in a very similar looking building just across the street from this building which the business occupied until its closing.

Silvano Venuto and John Sacilotto created a     colour processing company in Toronto’s west end just south of Roger Rd. On Old Weston Rd. Skilled engineers they built   their own processing machinery, modified equipment all to provide on of the best printing services available.

Silvano Color Labs moved forward with all the changes taking place in their industry for decades, well just over 5 decades.. The technological  sweep of  digital imaging  photography and new forms of sharing photos such as email and online photo services greatly changed the nature of the industry, yet this great company stayed open until February 3, 2012.

This blogger with really miss their SILVANO EASY CROP MASKS.


from their website – now down.


We’ve been serving the Photofinishing Needs of Wedding/Social, School, Sports and Industrial/Commercial Photographers, Wedding Couples and Photo Consumers since 1955. We offer a full range of FILM (including C-41, E-6 and B&W) and DIGITAL PHOTO IMAGING services. We also offer Giclée printing and Press Services. You can order on-line through our S.O.S. Order System or our FTP Server. Please visit our Showroom for a large variety of Albums, Scrapbooks, CD/DVD Holders, Folders, Easels, Mounts, Memory Mates, Folios and Photo Packaging. We are based in Toronto Ontario Canada.


PDF for their last downloadable price list, its more than price-list though, rather a text and pictorial model of how the professional printing business operated.


image from:

The Building.


Building Area: 84,000 sq ft (above grade + 28,000 sq ft lower level)
Typical Floor: 28,000 sq ft (approximately)
Total Area: 56,628 sq ft – 1.8 acres (mpac)
Frontage: 240.75‘
Depth: 235.2’
T.M.I.: $2.91/ sq ft (2009)
Shipping: 1 X truck level, 5 X drive-in
Zoning: E – General Employment
Elevators: 1 X Freight, 2 X Passenger
Parking: +/-150 surface
List Price: $7,950,000.00 – $94.64/ sq ft

This image from sales flyer of click image to visit their site


VENDOR: Silvano and Celestina Investments.
BUILDING AREA: 28,000 sq.ft. – Lower level
28,000 sq.ft. – First floor
28,000 sq.ft – Second Floor
28,000 sq.ft. – Third Floor
112,000 sq.ft. – Total Building area
LOT DIMENSIONS: 240.75’ Frontage x 235.2’ Depth
LOT AREA: 56,628 square feet – 1.8 acres (As per MPAC)
ZONING: “E – General Employment” – allowing a variety of industrial uses, some commercial as well as office uses subject
to municipal approval.
BUILDING: Brick veneer exterior, pored concrete and I-Beam construction;
Triple thermal pane window units;
Flat tar and gravel roof;
27.7 kilo-volts Vendor owned electrical sub-station;
15 X 5/10 ton HVAC Units;
Steel, rebar and poured concrete floors,.
400 sq ft Bay size;
13’ Clear Height; and,
1 X truck level – 5 X drive in shipping doors.
ADJACENT LAND USES: To the north: Public Self-Storage facility;
To the south: Monument manufacturing and Show-Room;
To the east: CN/CP and GO Railway corridor; and
To the west: Residential dwellings and Commercial use.

Silvano 2011 website image.




I will miss Silvano. Used to always take my 35mm film to them for processing, even though I was an amateur.

Late last, I had a old scanned photo of my father blown up to 16 x 20. Luckily, I had it done before Silvano was closed. Don't know what I'll do now if I wanted to do the same now.

Just wondering what will the professional wedding photographers do now to create their large portraits.

Wow, had no idea. As a Kodak Rep. I called on Silvano Color Lab for 30 years until I retired 3 years ago. I was with Kodak for some of it's best years. There is not a day that passes that I don't think about Kodak, the people and the customers. Think about Silvano's often. Great memories.

Thanks for the post, are u at even a little familiar with the employee building on the Mount Denis site. from the would you be kind enough to answer a questions about the photo labs in employee building, i think they were on the 3 or 4th floor?

The blog has been working a post about it for a while.


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