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Posts Tagged ‘Speed River

Jacob’s Landing, Cambridge (Hespeler)


Written by Ruth

December 17, 2010 at 12:25 am

RiverBank Lofts

The Speed River goes through the heart of downtown Hespeler (Cambridge) on its journey toward the Grand River. Many historic industrial buildings are built along the river. The following information comes from the RiverBank Lofts website.

“Industrialist Jacob Hespeler built his first stone building on the site in 1847, and most of the rest of the complex within 20 years. The dam by the old factory held back water to power the flour mill, distillery, wool and cotton-making operations.

The plant became a sink factory in 1913, as Stamped and Enamelled Ware Ltd. American Standard bought the company in 1969. The factory closed Sept. 13, 2007.

The massive stone walls and wooden beams of the original factories will be used in the living spaces of the complex. Solar panels will produce electricity. Fahel said the project will showcase environmental sustainability.”

Written by Ruth

October 2, 2010 at 12:15 am