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John C. Gilchrist (1863-1930). Image: Canadian Forest Industries, 1922.

Advertisement for John C. Gilchrist's planing mill on Perth Avenue in the Junction Triangle, Toronto. Image: City of Toronto's Business Directory, 1908.

Toronto Fire and Insurance Plans showing the location of Gilchrist's planing mill at the corner of Perth and Ernest Avenues, Charles. E. Goad, fifth edition, 1907, revised in 1918, file 419. Source:

Ontario Hardwood, 188 Perth Avenue, Toronto, April 5, 2021

  • The Ontario Hardwood Company

    Gilchrist’s mill became one of the first industrial operations in the neighbourhood, contributing to what would become a diverse landscape of factories, warehouses, and railway transportation. In 1908, shortly after opening the factory, Gilchrist purchased the house next door to the mill at 180 Perth Avenue. He became an active member of the Junction community, serving as Chairman of the Bloor and Lansdowne Business Men & Ratepayers Association for many years. Gilchrist lived at his Perth Avenue house until his sudden death in 1930, at age 67.

    In the 1930s, the corner of Perth and Ernest Avenue was purchased by the Haas family, and subsequently was purchased by the Ontario Hardwood Company in 1944. The site was used as the Ontario Hardwood Company’s warehouse until their head office moved to this location at 188 Perth Avenue, where it remains today.

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  • Sources

    K. Taylor, “Perth Avenue,” One Gal’s Toronto, October 14, 2017.

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