Hardy's Buildings

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Hardy’s Buildings (128-134 Ontario St) as the Carnovsky Factory in 1895. Source: British Whig Anniversary No., May 1895, coll. Jennifer McKendry.
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128-136 Ontario St at the corner of William St. Source: photograph by Jennifer McKendry.

During the First Capital period (1841-44), there was a flurry of building activity and Ontario Street, being on the waterfront, was a desirable site for commerce and industry. Edward Hardy, a merchant, built in 1841 a row said to be “fire and frost proof, spacious and well adapted for the safe keeping of every description of Goods.” 132 Ontario may have been added c1850 in the gap between 130 and 134 (the early corner building at William). Tall arched openings permitted access to the rear yards by horses and carts. Many functions came and went over time, such as a ship chandlery in 1842 and a wood-working factory in 1895.