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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Junction Road Silos
 Name
Junction Road Silos
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 Database Info
created by Rust on 7/7/2004 8:47 PM
last modified by Hi/Po on 12/20/2015 11:54 PM
 Viewability
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
 Overview
 Description
One of two large silo structures remains and a large warehouse. The warehouse portion and the eastern silo appeared to have been abandoned for quite some time, though the warehouse was renovated in 2010. The active silos were used by St. Mary's Cement for mixing of cement with coal ash, instead of gravel. St. Mary's was just leasing the one set of silos. Now it is used by Lafarge.
 Basic Information
Type: Silos and warehouse
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult to impossible
Recommendation: Forget it
 Physical Information
Address

Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Owner: Canadian Pacific
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • air quality
  •  Interesting Features
    Formerly two interesting silo structures; one remains. The eastern silo was in very bad shape and demolished in November 2010. The top silo room was in a very sad state of disrepair and looked to have been abandoned for quite sometime. Very unsafe and completely inaccessible. The other silo is quite intact, on the other hand.

    There is also a large warehouse/factory building on site, which is somewhat interesting (Link to DB page.) It was mostly filled with junk until its renovation in 2010.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  • security system, grounds sometimes used for storage for other industries
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • gloves
  •  Recommended Equipment
    A respirator is highly recommended
     History
    The site has been industrial since Victorian times. Milling operations began in 1893 when Queen City Mills started an operation on the site, which became Campbell Flour Mills by the early 20th century and eventually Maple Leaf Mills.

    It was a large complex with an office building on Monarch Road, a road just south of Junction Road and Old Weston Road, which has been abandoned with few traces left. It can still be found on Google Maps. At one point, there was also a Modern postwar era office building on the western part of the site closest to Keele Street.

    Flour milling spurred other industries in the area. By the 1970s, for instance, Weston Bakeries operated at the Keele Centre complex at 500 and 530 Keele Street. (It's the complex with the second storey ramps for trucks at West Toronto Street.) Bunsmaster Bakery operated in the warehouse on the site which stands to this day. Canada Bread is the last of these industries with their plant on Cawthra, though it is slated to close.

    The complex declined by the 1980s and a lot was demolished in the early 1990s. The demolition contractor was Greenspoon. The two silo structures and warehouse were spared. One of the silos was reused by St. Mary's Cement. In 2010, Lafarge acquired the site, presumably for similar operations to those of St. Mary's. The eastern silo structure was demolished in November 2010.
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    May have been there when you were stuck
    Sun, Dec 5th, 2004
    posted by Denikin


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     Photo Galleries
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    Trip 1
    Fri, Jul 9th, 2004
    posted by Rust
    32 pictures
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    January 25
    Wed, Jan 25th, 2006
    posted by Freezy
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     Web Links
    -1971 aerial photo, where the connecting bridge and adjacent complex (now demolished) can be seen
    -1981 photo of the derelict Old Weston Road bridge with the complex in the background
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    Photography 7 / 10
    Coolness 8 / 10
    Content Quality 7 / 10
     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Explorer Zero on 1/9/2016 3:55 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jan 9 16 at 15:55, Explorer Zero validated this location
  • on Dec 20 15 at 23:54, Hi/Po changed the following: Status
  • on Dec 1 10 at 8:26, Steed validated this location
  • on Nov 30 10 at 6:23, Hi/Po changed the following: History, Interesting Features, Description
  • on Jul 21 10 at 5:56, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jul 21 10 at 4:43, Hi/Po changed the following: History, Recommendation
  • on Jul 21 10 at 4:41, Hi/Po changed the following: Accessibility, Interesting Features
  • on Jul 21 10 at 4:37, Hi/Po changed the following: History, Description, Web Links
  • on Jul 21 10 at 4:37, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jul 21 10 at 4:11, Hi/Po changed the following: Security Measures
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