Monday, April 13, 2009

Downtown Places - 225 Vaughan

225 Vaughan

Project: 225 Vaughan
Address: 225 Vaughan Street (Map)
Status: Complete

Background:


Formerly The Dental Arts Building, 225 Vaughan Street was constructed in 1965 at a cost of $600,000. The builders were Benjaminson Construction and the original owners were Carlisle Builders, a division of Smith Agency.

Of interest, a news article for the open house held in January 1966 says that the six story building has plans for “…the addition of four more storeys at a later date”. Obviously a MUCH later date as it’s still at six storeys !

In 2004 the building underwent extensive renovations and the Dental Arts name, (along with that cool dental logo), disappeared. The fa├žade, if I recall, wasn’t done until perhaps 2006 ? At first I wasn't sure what I thought of the new colour but it's grown on me. The above pic taken this weekend shows that even in early Spring, when our streets are at their dreariest, it adds some punch to the streetscape !
225 Vaughan
Notable Tenants:

Given the name, it’s not hard to imagine that the main floor originally housed a dental lab.

From the late 70’s to about 1990 the Winnipeg-based, national optical chain Stewart N King was there, (as an aside the King Optical Group sold the chain, which included Shoppers Optical, to Luxottica in 2006 for a cool $67m !)

The current main floor tenant is Whitworth Opticians. It also houses the offices of the Association for Manitoba Archives. A tenant of particular note is David Matas, internationally renounced human rights lawyer and Member of the Order of Canada.

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