Banner photo is of 407 Spadina Ave in 2010. Photo by K Taylor.
From the early to mid 1890s, a number of small businesses hung their shingle at 407 Spadina. First, a wallpaper hanger named W.H. Cheshire, followed by John Regan’s bakery, a restaurant called Bell and Jolliffe and finally the fascinatingly named American Bamboo and Plating Co. (Bamboo and plating?) But a painter named J. H. Day must’ve found greater success here as he stayed a good long while, from 1897 to 1921. And when he did give it up, it appears to have been handed to a relation – J. E. Day, an electrical contractor – in 1922.
There’s not much beyond the brick itself to attest to any of its early residents except for something that resides between the second and third stories…
At some point in the last century, Turner and Abray moved in, but sadly I can’t find any trace of when this might have been.
… I suppose I knew that furs could be dressed, but I’ve never thought of them as “raw.”