At a time when fewer industrial buildings are becoming available for authentic loft conversions, Beaverbrook is converting the Printing Factory Lofts in Leslieville. The cornerstone of the project is a two-storey brick structure at Carlaw Avenue and Queen Street East, where Rolph Clark Stone Ltd. once printed textbooks. The development will include 254 units — some in the old building and the rest in a new structure.
Other loft projects in the neighbourhood, such as the Garment Factory Lofts next door and Queen City Vinegar Co. Lofts on River Street, have only 150 and 38 units (authentic and new), respectively.
Original features of the building, where Rolph Clark Stone established its printing press in 1913, will be restored throughout, starting with its façade and neo-gothic entrance, which opens to a grand wooden staircase below vaulted ceilings. It's extraordinarily ornate, it's all original. It's going to be one of the nicest entranceways and lobbies of any loft in Canada.
Some of the two-storey lofts in the original building also will feature unique characteristics such as triangular skylights that are more than 24 feet high. What they provide for is a very unique loft feeling and a unique way of getting light into your apartment.
The factory will house traditional lofts, though some of the building's interior was removed to create a U-shaped, three-storey podium that will feature a new mid-rise glass tower and courtyards in the centre. Stacked townhouses will border the site along Boston Avenue.
Suites will range from one-bedrooms to two-bedroom models with dens; many will be work/live spaces. All but two plans include a balcony or terrace. Units in the main building and tower will have loft features, such as high ceilings with exposed ductwork, concrete floors and columns.
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