More To Chew On

For the second week in a row, I’m doing a Thursday Doors sequel.  This time I’m taking you back to the WM Wrigley Jr building I featured at the end of March.


As bloggers, we often comment on this amazing community we belong to.  It connects us with like-minded individuals, increases our awareness of the world around us, and opens up opportunities we might not otherwise encounter.

A variation of that happened with my March post.

Somehow that post captured the attention of a financial software company operating out of the WM Wrigley Jr building.  In fact, their office is on the top floor of the building featured in the above photo.

The company is called and Rob Maurin, their Vice-President of Communications wrote a comment on my blog, and then tossed out the most incredible offer.  “Would I like to have a tour?”

Are you kidding me?!!  It took all of a nanosecond to answer that question.

Last week Rob Maurin played host and tour guide for me in their Lesleyville office.


I was delighted to find that the original industrial features of the building had been preserved and incorporated into the office layout … the concrete floors, massive support columns, overhead vents and wiring.

Amid all of this architectural history was a bustling high-energy fintech company at work.


… and the doors!!!  All the original elevator doors to the loading bays below were still in place.


Even better, they still worked.


On the roof of the building is another door which leads to another elevator … its purpose unknown to even my host.  I’ve seen these on other buildings to provide access to the industrial heating and air conditioning units on the roof.  This building however had none of those.

The perpetual child in me is attracted to a door that requires a ladder to reach it!

At some point in the distant past, a partial sixth floor had been built, reportedly to serve as executive offices when the chewing gum giant still occupied the factory. Since the additional floor doesn’t cover the entire top of the building, it can’t be seen from the street.  In fact I didn’t even known it existed until Rob had mentioned it in our email exchange.

Wave’s growth in business required them to expand beyond their 5th floor footprint and they recently took over that 6th floor.

I really like the little ‘flower’ details along the top and bottom of this elevator door

The sixth floor not only gives them more space, but an outdoor patio for use in warm weather and a great view of downtown.

Evidence of our gray and rainy spring

The office was everything I would expect from a young software company – lounging couches, pinball machine, television, and an open, relaxed atmosphere to inspire collaboration … or simply to take a mental break.


Many thanks to Rob Maurin for his kind invitation, and the fascinating tour of this heritage building.

Thursday Doors is a weekly photo feature hosted by Norm Frampton at Norm 2.0.


  1. […] Second, one of the buildings in the gallery, The Wrigley Building, has kinda-sorta already been featured by Joanne Sisco in a blog post memory of her visit to Chicago, when she was running a marathon. I’m tempted to point out the relative ease of running a marathon compared to sampling 12 different lagers (flights, people – small glasses) during one meal and then finding your way back to a hotel at the corner of somewhere and something, but I’ll be nice. Besides, I’d lose that comparison, because Joanne also wrote about a different Wrigley building, on two different occasions, here and here. […]


  2. Hello just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same outcome.


  3. Yeahh!! This kind of things is why we do what we do. We never count upon them but they happen and I’m glad this happened to you. Not just the doors but a most lovely view and of course the office bestia!! It reminds me of the times when I brought my first dog with me to work as well.


    • I know there are a lot of mixed feelings about animals in the workplace, but I think it makes an office feel more relaxed – assuming it’s a well-behaved animal. Not a bad thing in my books 🙂

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  4. In your doors excursion, you went all out! Wow, Joanne! So cool that you were connected to the Wrigley Company executive staff member, VPof Communications! What is amazing are the industrial features, such as the working elevators and vertical piping.
    I have a late May post where it is a collection of events from 1891. That ironically lists the Wrigley Company being founded in 1891, in Chicago, Illinois. Funny, I wrote it yesterday! Great minds coincide and coordinate their watches. . .
    I hope it will be okay to list your blog as having photos of the Toronto sites of the Wrigley Company.
    I had one lucky time where I posted about a local Columbus, Ohio hard cidery and they somehow heard of my post. They asked me to come to an inaugural release of a caramel hard cider. I missed the launch! My friend couldn’t attend and it was at night. My night vision is rather impaired so that was that.
    Have a fun and special Mother’s Day, Joanne. a hug and bouquet for you. xo 💐


    • Hi Robin – it’s too bad you couldn’t make the cider launch. Not only would it have been fun, but it would have provided a great blog post!

      Wrigley’s is actually no longer in production in Canada. The twin buildings are now residential and business lofts. I met with one company who operate out of the former Wrigley building.
      I’d be flattered to have you include my blog posts on the Wrigley Building.

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      • I know what you are saying about the cidery and will try to make it there one of these nights. Having had both eyes surgery for narrow eyed glaucoma and one eye with cataract surgery, night has some scary “glare” and “shadows” consequences, while driving.

        Thank-you for your information, Joanne. It will be on a post with a birch beer bottle, so I will check the date and let you know. . . I’m glad I may add your post to this, so if people want to read about the history of the Toronto Wrigley location, they can look your posts up! 🙂

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    • When I was younger, surprises were of the ‘rocking my boat’ kind that were disruptive to my world. I cringed when something unexpected came along because then I had to deal with it.
      Now I see them as interesting and full of potential. Interesting how that works 😉

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  5. I love it when the old features are preserved. I have no doubt you were thrilled to take this tour. As for the inner child and doors that require stairs…I think you and I may have beat the door down to figure out why it was there

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    • I agree – it was kind and generous of them to extent that offer. Rob was a delightful host and I really enjoyed my tour. Of course as usual, afterwards I was thinking about all the shots I DIDN’T take that I wish I had!


  6. Goes to show you, Joanne that blogging doors opens doors as well! Lucky you to meet the VP, Rob and I see he even replied with the dog’s name. I liked the sign next to the elevator, when things don’t go right, go left (my kind of humor).


  7. ‘So cool that your post was read and responded to by the financial software company occupying the building that you photographed and wrote about. I loved the tour and the photos.
    BTW – The featured dog looks adorable!


    • I was pretty smitten by the dog too. There’s just something warm and welcoming about a work environment with animals in it. I know there are people who complain because of allergies etc, but I like it 🙂


  8. It’s so cool how we meet people through blogging, but this was a special treat for you, Joanne. Thanks for giving us a peek at your tour of Wave. It looks like a great place to work…who wouldn’t love the patio and big white dog?


  9. Well that is like the coolest thing I’ve heard of all week – such fun!
    I’m really loving those exposed columns, but most of all I love that your post turned into a tour of the inside. That was very nice of Rob to extend the invite 🙂

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  10. What a wonderful gift!!! I loved that weathered elevator door with the flowers along the bottom too. It reminded me of an old steamer trunk with the hardware and wonderful aged paint.

    Loved the dog lounging in the break room too. 🙂

    The view is grand!

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  11. Now that is so cool. I love it that the blog connection turned into a live connection and you got a tour. They did a nice job of preserving some of the old architectural features. It adds such visual interest and charm. And the place comes with a dog too! Seems like a friendly place to work. How fun.

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    • There have been a couple of instances when people have seen me taking photos of the outside of their building and offered to let me see the inside, but this was different.
      Rob didn’t know who in the office had found my original blog post – only that the link was circulating around the office. THAT I thought was really cool.

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  12. How cool is that? Like you I am fascinated about what is beyond doors, up ladders and at the top of hills. Who can resist. Thanks for taking us inside with you and sharing this generous invitation.


  13. Lucky you! I’ve only ever gotten photos from the car as we drive by. We used to live in the east end so that was part of our daily travels but are now in the west end so hardly ever go by there now.


    • My excursions are almost always planned. I’m especially fond of early Sunday mornings when it’s faster to get around the city and I park almost anywhere since I don’t linger long. That would be impossible during the week.

      The west end is still very much a mystery to me, but I’m starting to stretch my wings out in that direction 🙂


    • Suzanne, I learned that the two buildings that make up the Wrigley’s complex are quite different.
      The south building (where Wave is located) is all commercial space and all the windows have been changed to energy efficient windows.
      The north building is a mix of residential and commercial. I noticed on this visit that all the windows on the north building are still the original factory windows. I can imagine it’s pretty chilly in the winter.


    • I found your comment in my spam folder along with another one of your comments. Naughty spam filter!!
      … and you said it, we really don’t know who’s reading. Sometimes I’m completely surprised by someone I know who comments on one of my blog posts. I had no idea they were a follower!

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  14. LUCKY YOU!!! Such an interesting building. We never get to go inside some of these great, old buildings we photograph to learn what their ‘bones’ are about. Kudos to the company for reaching out and giving you this opportunity to come full circle with your experience. Nice post.


    • I thought that maybe I was on a lucky roll, so this afternoon on a whim I went to a building I’ve photographed in the past from the exterior only. I was dying to see the interior.

      As soon as I walked in, I got shut down by security. He was a very nice young man and said I was welcome to look around all I wanted …. but no photos. Boo :/

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    • That’s what Gilles said too … but I think any operating elevator must be inspected and serviced on a regular basis. I wonder what needs to be done if a landlord decides to permanently take the elevator out of service? hmmm – good question.


  15. This is such a cool building Joanne and it was awesome that Rob invited you to a tour. I love the images. I have one question. Was Rob able to answer the age old question of “does your bubble gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight” ? 🙂


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