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Chatfield Distributors
(Franklin Press Building)

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This brick office building is a good example of the detail that J.H.G. Russell used in both his grand works and his smaller structures. Better known for Knox and Westminster Churches and the Ashdown House, Russell designed the structure in 1904 for Franklin Press, a printing, publishing, lithography shop that also carried a full range of office supplies. The company thrived on the printing needs of the teeming commercial district.

By 1926 the market had shrunk and Franklin Press struggled, along with its many competitors.  A wholesale tobacconist took over the building and for a time during the 1940s and 1950s another office supply company occupied the building.  In 1967, it became the home of Chatfield Distributors, manufacturer’s agents and importers.




Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage

Municipal, 1983, grade III

Solid brick with metal cornice, wood post and beam frame. 2 storeys/4,761 total floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect


Vacant 168 Bannatyne Avenue

J.H.G. Russell





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