Uncovered: Original Dineen Building Directory

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I had never paid much attention to the original Dineen Hat Company Building, seen here in its original glory on the left, and here in a Torontoist article written about the renovation last year. The facade’s face lift breathes new life into a turn-of-the-century treat. We enjoyed viewing the many surprise details uncovered during the building’s renovation, such as the original building directory, the ghost sign of the previous adjacent building which still says “Jewellers,” and the unopened safe. Unfortunately the tour guide treated us to an unwanted sales pitch about renting the newly renovated short-term office space inside, which hinted at a worrisome Doors Open trend this year as developers jumped on the Doors Open wagon.

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