Built in 1897, The Dineen Building was originally the office, showroom and workshop for W&F Dineen Company, a prominent hat and fur company in Toronto. It was designed by F.H. Herbert. He also designed the Wellesley Street house of Henry Gooderham and the Palace Hotel at King St. and Strachan Ave. Herbert was known for his Richardson Romanesque houses found throughout the Annex, Parkdale and Rosedale. The Dineen Building was designed in the Renaissance Revival style.
Some of the unique features of the building included bronze and aluminum plates in the ceiling and a Sprague automatic elevator-the first of its kind in Canada. As part of the restoration 5 floors were opened up to reveal the original pillars.
After its restoration, the Dineen Building, located on the north west corner of Temperance St and Yonge St, won the prestigious AOC award. No surprise, considering it has been winning the hearts and minds of locals since it was built over a century ago.
Ridley Windows and Doors were brought in by developer Clayton Smith to lend their expertise in the undertaking of bringing this Grande Dame back to its original splendour. It was a unique project whereby the heritage façade was maintained and complemented by a modern addition to the building. The building is now home to some delicious retail space, including the famous Chase restaurant.
The Ontario Heritage Act
Ridley Windows and Doors consistently adheres to Ontario Heritage Act. We not only replicate the key heritage details on each project-we meet and typically exceed the highest performance standards for the National Building Code of Canada and Ontario’s building code.
Our unique installation process
Using our unique installation process, effective replacement solutions and superior warranty backed Flexacron coating, we completed the restoration project on time and on budget.
We bring over 20 years of experience working on heritage projects throughout the Golden Horseshoe. Our staff, crew and products offer a superior level of service to satisfy any production need.
Find out more about how Ridley Windows and Doors can help you with your next restoration project.
Ridley Windows & Doors
520 Applewood Crescent
Vaughan, ON L4K 4B4
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