September 2018 - Toronto ON
401 Richmond Street West is a restored, heritage-designated, industrial building turned arts-and-culture hub in downtown Toronto. It is home to over 140 artists, cultural producers, social innovators, microenterprises, galleries, festivals, and shops.
401 Richmond was built at the turn of the 20th century for the Macdonald Manufacturing Company, widely hailed as the first and finest manufacturer of lithography on tinware in Canada.
David Macdonald, a surgical artist from Aberdeen Scotland, first opened the Macdonald Manufacturing Company in 1884 at a location on King Street East and as business flourished, it moved to the North-West corner of King and Simcoe Streets. However, in 1899, a massive fire destroyed much of the property, requiring the construction of a new building near the corner of Queen and Spadina – what would eventually become 401 Richmond Street West.