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Market Building
(Great West Saddlery Factory)

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Elisha Frederick Hutchings, an Ontarian of English descent, was the founder of Great West Saddlery Company, one of the world's largest, turn-of-the-century manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of harnesses, saddles and related goods.

Hutchings initially opened a small harness shop on Main Street in 1878. The next year, he formed a partnership with Robert Stalker, then continued on his own after Stalker's death in 1885. The firm enjoyed considerable pre-World-War-I success in both domestic and international markets. The original four-storey building erected in 1898, underwent two expansions within a decade to include a large annex and additional storey. In 1910, a second warehouse was built across the street at 113 Market.




Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1898 Municipal, 1990, grade III

Stone accents on façade of otherwise utilitarian building, use of red and cream coloured brick, wood post and beam frame.

5 storeys/56,470 total floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect

Wholesale warehouse and factory.

Offices, nightclub and restaurants. 112-114 Market Avenue

J. McDiarmid





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