Back in Time, p.2.

For Norm’s Thursday Doors this week, I’ll share a couple of shots I made during a quick visit to Hespeler village, now part of Cambridge, Ontario.

George A. Gruetzner, who would later become the mayor of Hespeler, began the Hespeler Furniture Company in 1901. It operated until 1964. The company manufactured quality bedroom and dining room furniture, including period reproductions.

The vast building is now home to several businesses, including a supplier of corporate promotional items, small engine repair shop, yoga studio, and graphic design business.

I love that the signage painted on the brickwork has been preserved.

I think, based on the presence of one small sign (not pictured here), that the western section of the building is now home to a manufacturer of office furniture, but it still has as an air of abandonment to it. Check out the tiny door below in the midst of all those windows, some of which are still boarded up:


And here is a view of the street-level entrances of multiple businesses on the other half of the structure:


Thanks, as always, for stopping by.


The historical info was gathered from here and here and from this photo from the Cambridge Archives.


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