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Western Building(Schmidt Foundry)

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Built in 1901 of solid buff-coloured brick on a stone foundation, the Schmidt Foundry cost $6,000 and consists of three storeys on a raised basement.  Large windows at the front and rear of the basement level provided abundant natural light to the foundry.

Established in 1881 by Andrew Schmidt, a Danish immigrant who had learned his trade in Montreal, the Schmidt Foundry was the only brassworks between Minneapolis and the Rockies in the 1880s. Specializing in brass castings and fittings for industry and construction, the foundry created ornamental work, wire screening, iron crestings, brass railings and screens for local churches and commercial buildings.




Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1901 Municipal, 1985, grade III Edwardian Solid brick with some restrained neoclassical detailing. 3 storeys/5,400 total floor area

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Foundry for manufacture of brass fittings. NA 90 Albert Street S. Hooper





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