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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Benjamin Moore West Toronto Plant
Benjamin Moore West Toronto Plant
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created by Hi/Po on 3/26/2006 12:01 AM
last modified by Hi/Po on 5/15/2013 6:14 PM
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Similar to other Junction industrial plants (think Chairtex), the Benjamin Moore West Toronto plant was a three story, warehouse-style building. While all the machinery from the paint-making process was gone, there were some oddities stored and plans for the new condo development. It featured mostly wooden flooring, creaking in places. There were motion sensors at one point, the location had ADT stickers, and this place still got electricity up to 2006. It was located across the street from Benjamin Moore's Canadian corporate offices.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
6 Lloyd Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
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  •  Hazards
  • air quality
  • Aging flooring in some areas
  •  Interesting Features
    The basement, the century-old construction, the golf clubs and microwave in the office, the roof (offers a great view on a variety of surrounding sites, including the conspicuous St. Mary's silos), the random structures on the roof, the stuff the developer has lying around...and more.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 2000
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  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
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    On September 7, 1906 the Benjamin Moore Canada was incorporated. Benjamin Moore was elected president at the first shareholders meeting held on September 11, 1906. In 1911 Fred Moore, Benjamin’s half brother, became Treasurer and managing director of the Canadian subsidiary. He later became the first Canadian residing president in 1937. This laid the groundwork for what is now Benjamin Moore & Co., Limited. The company was first established in the City of Toronto. The plant on Lloyd Avenue was purchased on January 14, 1907. The operation flourished and a warehouse was opened in Montreal in 1923 and other warehousing arrangements were established in Halifax, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon and Vancouver in the ‘20s. Vancouver shipments from Toronto were sometimes shipped via the Panama Canal, an all water route of 8,500 miles.

    In 1953, a fully equipped factory in Montreal was built. Still later, in 1962, a third plant was constructed, this time in Burnaby, British Columbia, which later relocated to Aldergrove, British Columbia in 1991. In the year 2000, the North American Company reorganized manufacturing. The Aldergrove plant ceased manufacturing and became the main office/distribution centre for the Western Region. Manufacturing in the Toronto plant also was discontinued after 94 years.

    A chemical fire engine from this plant is on display in the front garden of Fire Station 423 on the west side of Keele Street, just south of Dundas. It was donated to the fire station by Benjamin Moore and restored by station crews. Made by American LaFrance Fire Engine Company circa 1950, it would be pulled to where it was needed in the plant. It would then be inverted, allowing the two chemicals inside to mix and react, creating foam and the internal pressure needed to expel the foam through the hose, out the nozzle and onto the fire.
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     Future Plans
    City council has suggested that the conversion to high density condos would be an inappropriate development given the immediate surroundings (see the updated link under "web links"), yet the building was demolished.

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    Project Benjamin
    Sun, Mar 26th, 2006
    posted by Hi/Po
    30 pictures
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    the viewing hole
    Wed, May 2nd, 2007
    posted by inventor77
    12 pictures

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     Web Links
    -City Council Document (August 28, 2006) Recommending that the site's rezoning application be refused
    -Benjamin Moore Canada's Corporate History Page

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 5/26/2014 2:42 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on May 26 14 at 2:42, Steed validated this location
  • on May 15 13 at 18:14, Hi/Po changed the following: History, Description
  • on May 15 13 at 18:11, Hi/Po changed the following: History, Accessibility, Media Coverage, Web Links
  • on Feb 22 08 at 2:39, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Feb 20 08 at 17:11, Hi/Po updated gallery picture More Moore Exterior
  • on Aug 3 07 at 20:39, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jun 17 07 at 2:43, Hi/Po changed the following: Status, Accessibility, Interesting Features, Recommendation, Security Measures, Future Plans, Description
  • on Jun 6 07 at 19:54, Hi/Po changed the following: Description
  • on May 2 07 at 4:36, inventor77 updated gallery the viewing hole
  • on May 2 07 at 4:35, inventor77 added some pictures to a gallery
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