Wednesday, February 7, 2024

291 Logan Avenue - Commercial Building (R.I.P.)

© 2024, Christian Cassidy

Place: Commercial Building (R.I.P.)
Address: 291 Logan Avenue

A very nondescript building burned down and had to be demolished last week. Here's a brief look back at its history.

291 Logan Avenue at Princess (the white building on the left) was likely built around 1925. It was initially home to a couple of cafes before becoming J. W. Auctions around 1930. Over the years, the company name would expand to J. Wach, Auctioneer, then John Wachniak Auctions. (For more on John Wachniak Jr.)

It is likely that the auction house spilled over into the neighbouring buildings as its showroom and a used furniture store.

In the late 1930s, Wachniak had moved to a new location and an accountancy / tax return company advertised at this address for a few years.

Dave’s Auto Parts called the building home by 1949 and also took up the neighbouring storefronts and did auto dismantling in the rear yard. It remained Dave’s until at least 1980 when company president David Glickman died. 

The metal cladding encasing all three buildings was added around 2010.

1 comment:

  1. Glad it's gone. This building's closeness to the sidewalk caused a blind corner for anyone driving south on Princess at Logan.