I just got back home from the Grandview Heritage Group’s history walk around some of the early industrial sites north of Hastings. A dozen or more of us, under the very able direction of industrial heritage aficionado John Stuart, walked from Pandora Park, along Franklin, down Woodland, and back along Pandora. It was a stiff walk for an old fart like me, but very worthwhile.
John has a wealth of information about the old foundrys, iron works, lumber operations and many other manufactories that filled that area before the First World War. His walk pointed out the close relationship between places of work and residence before the days of zoning which now tends to separate the functions.
This is an image of an interesting building in the 1600-block Franklin. It was built around 1912 or 1913 when this was Albert Street. It was listed as the home of several Chinese companies in 1913 and 1914. However, between 1915 and 1926, the City Directories list each of the addresses in this building as “vacant”, which seem quite unlikely.
The weather was warm enough for shorts (or so I believed, while others wore heavy coats) but cool enough not to interfere with the walk, All in all it was an enlightening and pleasant couple of hours.