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Carlaw: Palmolive Building

A Visual Tour of the now-demolished Palmolive Plant on Carlaw Avenue, Toronto

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Credit: Library and Archives Canada

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Credit: Library and Archives Canada

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Credit: Library and Archives Canada

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Credit: Library and Archives Canada

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Credit: Library and Archives Canada

 

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Credit: Library and Archives, Canada

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Credit: Library and Archives Canada

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Credit: Library and Archives Canada

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Credit: Library and Archives Canada

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Announcing the construction of the new building on Carlaw, Construction, Vol. 10, No. 10, Oct. 1917

 

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Construction, Vol. 11, No. 5, May, 1918

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Construction, Vol. 11, No. 5, May, 1918

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Women packing soap, Palmolive Canada. Photo by Pringle & Booth, January 9, 1919. Credit: Toronto Public Library

An addition, 1936.

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Credit: The Canadian Courier, Vol. XXII, No. 24, Nov. 10, 1917

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Credit: The Canadian Courier, Vol. XXIII, No. 25

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Everywoman’s World, April, 1917

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For my favourite Palmolive ad, meet Madge on Youtube:

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Colgate Palmolive Plant, Carlaw Avenue, 1986. Credit: Toronto Public Library. The plant was torn down in the summer of 1999 by Greenspoon Brothers. A subsurface investigation was conducted in 1992 by Dames & Moore Canada (DMC) and Greenspoon Brothers also did water sampling. Some material to a depth of 3 metres was removed to Keele Valley Landfill site. Below about a metre below the surface the contractors and environmental consultants hit the water table — which makes sense since Holly (also known as Heward) Creek flowed through the area crossing Carlaw Avenue about where the condo was built.

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The Showcase Loft condominium project, 88 Carlaw Avenue, on the site of the Palmolive Building. Aragon Properties Ltd. built this condo in 2014. The neighbouring townhouses and a small park were also built on the Colgate-Palmolive site. Photograph by Joanne Doucette, 2016.

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Welcome to the Leslieville Historical Society's website. Please feel free to join us, to ask questions, to attend walking tours and other events, and to celebrate Leslieville's past while creating our future. Guy Anderson, President, Leslieville Historical Society and Joanne Doucette, local historian and webmaster.

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