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  • The building was originally engineered to warehouse millions of gallons of whisky, the world’s largest rack warehouse at the time.
  • The structure was designed to withstand violent whisky-fuelled explosions and to contain any resulting damage between floors.
  • The structure is excessively overbuilt by any modern-day standard. The floors are made of intricately reinforced high strength concrete - the kind used today to build nuclear power plants and large span dams. Even the rebar reinforcements were coated (to prevent corrosion from the whisky fumes).
  • The floors are load rated at 350 lbs. per square foot. Most high-rises are rated at 60 lbs. The structure as a whole supports an amazing 40 million pounds.
  • It was built to incredibly exacting standards; during renovations, one column was discovered to be a quarter inch out of line, everything else appears to be dead perfect.

 

Columns

Magnificent, monumental columns left exposed.

 

  • The foundation was designed to support this massive structure and the warehouse next to it. It hasn’t budged a millimeter in over half a century.
  • The cost to build such a structure today would be eight times higher than normal. No builder could afford to do so. The building is the most structurally sound and safest residential building in the city, and arguably in Southwestern Ontario.

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