Choklit Park

Choklit ParkThis is a small infill development in Fairview. It replaces a house that in turn was once the Purdy’s Chocolate Factory. The factory moved away in 1982, and the former factory became home to a live-work studio for both artist Mary Filer, a glass sculptor, and her husband Harold Spence-Sales, an urban planner. The replacement, designed by Gateway Architecture, will have a five-storey, six-unit residential building that follows the slope of the site by terracing down five storeys.

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2 Responses to Choklit Park

  1. Michael says:

    Such a shame……..the house being torn down obviously has some historical value to it……Purdy could have made a nice little museum of it to showcase its history, and in turn bolster its standing in the community. It’s historical references this city needs, and now it’s yet one more for the bull dozer. Thank you for the information.

    • ChangingCity says:

      The historical value of the site is recorded on a plaque in the park next door. The managing director of the chocolate factory recently called it “an ugly building” and as it’s located in the middle of a residential; neighbourhood (these days) it’s impossible to imagine a museum surviving or attracting many visitors. (As the site was sold for $2.4 million, it’s hard to imagine how any sort of museum could even be established).

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