Lower Junction, Toronto

Exciting news – Giaimo has moved! Of course, we’re in an adaptively reused historic building, and you can now find us at our new office space at 213 Sterling Road. We’re a short walk from the Bloor GO Station and Lansdowne TTC Subway Station, as well as the West Toronto Railpath multi-use trail, supporting our team’s sustainable use of public transit and active transportation.  

Archive photos showing 213 Sterling Rd highlighted in blue.

Built in the 1910s, 213 Sterling Rd was owned by Fairbanks-Morse Company and initially used as a tractor plant. In 1923, the building was purchased and occupied by Moloney Electric Co. of Canada Limited Transformers. Throughout the years, this robust building took on numerous factory occupancies until the late 1960s when the area saw a sharp industrial decline. Artists and entrepreneurs moved into the Sterling Rd area, reinvigorating existing buildings for arts and cultural uses.

Diagram showing the evolution of the area over the last century. 213 Sterling in black and newly added buildings in blue.

With its cluster of former industrial buildings, Sterling Rd is the centre of the Lower Junction Triangle neighbourhood. The name “Junction Triangle” refers to the intersection of three railway tracks that border the neighbourhood:  Canada Pacific Railway (CPR), Metrolinx GO Transit Barrie line (which was historically the Grand Trunk Railway), and the CPR east-west railway lines.

For the last few decades, this post-industrial area has served as an “artist haven” as Azure Magazine writes. Across the road from us is the Tower Automotive Building (158 Sterling Road), a local landmark built in 1919 and now home to MOCA – Museum of Contemporary Art. Although some historic industrial buildings remain, a number have been demolished. In the last few years, the neighbourhood has evolved with the addition of residential and commercial buildings that bring new mixed-uses. Further changes are anticipated in the near future, as even more high-rise residential and office developments are proposed and under construction along Sterling Rd.  

Present day 213 Sterling Rd.

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