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Sophia Wong shares the morning puzzler with a question about this Ottawa building.
"Here's a puzzler for you. It's 88 Spadina Avenue in Hintonburg, now now the offices of @carsinthecapital. I understand that it was originally stables for farmers coming into the City to sell produce at Parkdale Market. True?" ... See MoreSee Less
A good look at the building will tell you it's late 20th century construction. There may have been a stable or other market-related building there once, but it's long gone.
Robert R. Foster seemed to run several operations from 88 & 86 Spadina from the 1900s-1920s. Had ads hiring quarrymen, teamsters & blacksmiths. Multiple horse references (Foster also raced them). Assuming there was a stable but not sure about Parkdale Market vendors. His family seemed to own multiple properties on Spadina. In the 50s & 60s, it was DuPont Body Work. In the 70s, 86 Spadina was an excavation equipment rental (Dir-Ex Ltd). I’m assuming this occupied 88 too. Most recently, 88 Spadina was occupied by the condo developer that built the building at 12 Hamilton. ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/crushed-hopthey-thought-they-were-getting-a-condo-then-the-deve...
you could always check the address in an old city directory online at www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/directories-collection/Pages/directories-collection.aspx
My family, the Woods family lived next door, house on the left, 94 Spadina, from 1963 to 1980. It was never a fire hall or ambulance base. Beacon Lite Ltd. was in the building until the excavation company moved in. Chloe White Gail Brown
I lived right across the street in the mid 2000s. But I think the farming was before then.
My dad lived across the street at #93 in the late 1930s.
I doubt it, it appears to be too far away ... 8+ blocks.
Old ambulance bases ambulances didn't have bases until the city took over ambulances instead of the Ministry of health
My mom and dad lived on Spadina when they first moved to Ottawa.
When I was a kid my aunt lived on Spadina and it was a sign making shop. I can still remember the big yellow sign that read SIGNS. I think it was a rickety old wooden building.
Not sure, but is the car a DELOREAN? This has a few features that match. Expert anyone?
I think it was either a old fire hall or ambulance base. It has the ok’d city of Ottawa brick work
Dominic Peters Is this the original Brash location?
Lost Ottawa this is the head office of AutoAgents.io. CarsintheCapital is one of our very talented agents
Friends run an auto shop in Kanata that looks somewhat similar to this, and it was some kind of former ambulance depot up until 15 or 20 years ago.