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Hard loft living is on offer at Toronto’s Wrigley Building

A live/work corner loft has hit the market in Toronto’s Wrigley Building, with walls of Crittal glass framing views of the CN Tower and downtown skyline.

The William Wrigley Jr Building is in Leslieville, once known as ‘Canada’s Chewing Gum Capital’, and dates from 1916. It was designed by architects Prack and Perrine in a Beaux-Arts style that mirrored the US chewing gum company’s original Chicago plant.

Cutting edge (and serviced by its very own fire station), the five-storey structure was pioneering for the time of its construction with a ‘fireproof’ design featuring reinforced concrete and fire-proof partitions. Distinctive steel-framed glass expanses maximised light flow inside the manufacturing plant.

Hard loft living: the warehouse loft has 13.6-ft-high ceilings and polished concrete floors
Credit: Ramsay Real Estate Group

Fast forward to 1998, and the factory was converted into 88 lofts, though units were sold raw by developer Atria so that owners could make each space unique. This 1,095 sq ft corner unit features 13.6-ft-high ceilings, concrete mushroom columns, painted brickwork and original industrial windows. Ductwork and piping are exposed while polished concrete floors run throughout the one-bedroom apartment.

The corner unit has a double aspect with views of downtown
Credit: Ramsay Real Estate Group

Ken Ramsay of the Ramsay Real Estate Group has the listing for the Toronto property, which is priced at CAD 1.098m. Those interested in the technical specs of the building can find out more on the blog Leslieville History.com, including newspaper clippings from the time of its construction.

The building dates from 1916 and was built in a beaux arts style
Credit: Ramsay Real Estate Group

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