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Westside

History of a building

Timeline

The first building on the site was erected in 1895 by the Toronto Lithographing Company. The address was then known as 680 King Street West.

From 1901 to 1944, the building was occupied by Otto Higel Co. Ltd., the most important piano supply house in the British Empire.

Between 1901 and 1907, there were three additions to the building, including an iconic clocktower.

In 1979 the Clocktower was designated as an historic structure.

In 1981 it was inadvertently demolished by a developer who had promised to preserve it.

The lot remained vacant until 1987 when a pre-cast warehouse building was erected to house the garment industry. The developer recreated the iconic clocktower that had been previously demolished.

A decade later, the property was purchased by another developer for conversion to residential condominiums.