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.

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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 waveapps.com 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.

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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.

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

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Even better, they still worked.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

About Joanne Sisco

Retired but not idle. Life is an adventure - I plan to continue to embrace it.
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93 Responses to More To Chew On

  1. Ah this is fabulous. Love the architecture, the interior, the doors….and as always your commentary Joanne!

    Peta

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  2. 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.

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      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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  3. reocochran says:

    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 💐

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      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 waveapp.com 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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      • reocochran says:

        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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  4. What a great surprise for you to get that invitation, and thanks for sharing your experience with us. 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      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. These are such beautiful photographs. It’s such a privilege to walk around these buildings with you

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  6. treerabold says:

    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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  7. Dan Antion says:

    Great photos Joanne! What a wonderful opportunity. There are so many places I’ve seen from the outside that I would love to get into.

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  8. Heyjude says:

    How cool is that!

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  9. Margie in Toronto says:

    How wonderful! And what a lovely thing for them to do! So glad you had this opportunity.

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      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!

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  10. How awesome! Thanks for sharing the tour with us! 🙂

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  11. Tippy Gnu says:

    How nice to get such an exclusive tour. At the end of the tour did you find any gum under your shoes?

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  12. I just LOVE how this sequel came about (love the title too, you clever girl!)

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  13. 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).

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  14. Su Leslie says:

    That is so cool. Thanks for sharing these “bonus” photos from your tour.

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  15. Donna says:

    ‘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!

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      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 🙂

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  16. bikerchick57 says:

    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?

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  17. Wow, how lucky you were and how generous the company was in offering you the tour! You just never know where blogging will take you, right?

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  18. Bob Georgiou says:

    So jelly right now. Amazing!

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  19. How cool is that? What a great looking building!

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  20. Norm 2.0 says:

    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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  21. 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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  22. nrhatch says:

    How fun! Was it “Bring your dog to work” day?

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  23. 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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  24. joey says:

    Nifty! That’s the way, Joanne — get the outside and then get a tour! 😀 Thanks for sharing!

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  25. AYR says:

    Great series Joane

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  26. Vicky says:

    Excellent post, what fun! Blogging has its benefits…

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  27. Sue Slaght says:

    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.

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  28. Pistachios says:

    More old elevators this week! 😀
    That’s pretty cool that you got a personal tour through the building! Do they allow dogs/pets in the office…?

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  29. Lynn says:

    What a fabulous opportunity Joanne! Love the sign, “when nothing goes right, go left”!!

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  30. Jackie says:

    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.

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      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 🙂

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  31. Wow, you are a lucky person. We lived quite close to this building and I have always wondered how it was renovated so thanks for the virtual tour of the inside…(Suzanne)

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      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.

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  32. conspicari says:

    Wow what a treat. I wouldn’t mind working in that building. :>)

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  33. How cool is that? Very!! Thanks for sharing the tour with us.

    janet

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  34. loisajay says:

    Wow! This is the coolest thing. So you never know who is reading blog posts. This was great, Joanne.

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      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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  35. dennyho says:

    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.

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  36. I think we’d all post twice if we had that type of opportunity. Impressive, and thanks for taking us along on your adventure. All the best to that growing company as well. 🙂

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      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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  37. I am amazed that the old elevators are still working. That’s very unusual.

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      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.

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  38. Joe says:

    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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  39. Fascinating Joanne. Thanks for sharing as this is the only way most of us will ever know what is now inside of the old Wrigley building. Terrific.

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