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Spacefy is known for modern and unique spaces to create; however, we are also the home of some historic spaces that have their own story to tell. We are privileged to have a handful of spaces built in the 1800’s and the early 1900’s, such as a stockmill created in 1897 located in Quinte West, Ontario, a church in Los Angeles built in 1895, and a Masonic Temple in Chicago constructed in 1923 which was used to house a chapter of the Knights Templar. Why do historic buildings matter? The perfect space set in the perfect period can help anchor the history of your characters, production or project.

Browsing through Spacefy, you’ll come across thousands of spaces, each ready and available to bring your creative vision to life. We encourage you to learn more about our Spacefy listings. Many of our listings carry unique stories about the inhabitants that worked and lived in these historic spaces. Here are just a few examples of our spots with ’history’.

Pleasant Home

Designed in 1897 the Pleasant Home, also known as the John Farson House, is the earliest examples of Prairie School Architecture, an architectural style that blends traditional architecture with an arts and craft style[1]. Designed by noted architect George W. Maher for investment banker and philanthropist John W. Farson, the home signaled the transition away from traditional colonial style homes within the Oak Park, Chicago neighborhood.  Maher oversaw over 300 architectural projects in the United States and is noted as a contemporary of world-renowned Prairie School architects [1]. In 1972 the Pleasant Home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and became a National Historic Landmark in 1996 [1]. Currently, this historic home is managed by the Pleasant Home Foundation and is operating as a living museum. Need a turn of the century space with this look and feel? If you do, you can book it on Spacefy here.

Ruby Bird Studio

Located in the Greenpoint Terminal Market, a historic manufacturing sector that covers 14 acres of Brooklyn, New York [2], the Ruby Bird Studio is connected to a significant part of New York’s industrial past. During the 1890’s, buildings within the Greenpoint Terminal Market were developed by the American Manufacturing Company, who was at one point Brooklyn’s second largest employer[2]. In 1910, 2500 workers were inspired by the strike at the American Sugar Refinery staged a massive strike to fight for higher wages [2]. The strike then turned into a riot that lasted several days. Rocks, coal, and projectiles were thrown at the police who tried to control the crowd by firing warning shots in the air. Eventually, the manufacturing industry moved from the area. The site was dubbed the Forgotten city throughout the 80’s and beyond. In 2006, the buildings within the Greenpoint Terminal Market were destroyed in a massive fire [2]. Connect to a part of New York’s industrial past and check out Ruby Bird Studio on Spacefy here.

SoHo Playhouse

The SoHo Playhouse stands on land that was once Richmond Hill, a colonial mansion where General George Washington was headquartered for The Battle of Manhattan [3]. In 1804, Aaron Burr, the owner of the estate and Vice President of the United States at the time, dueled Alexander Hamilton, the former Secretary of the Treasury at Weehawken, New Jersey [3]. The two had a bitter rivalry that ended with Burr fatally shooting Hamilton. Burr fled to Paris for fear of being arrested and sold the estate to fur magnate John Jacob Astor [3]. Astor leveled and rebuilt the Richmond Hill property and built a series of row-houses and in 1826 the SoHo Playhouse was built. In the 1880’s the building was occupied by the Democratic political party, Tammany Hall, as a social club [3]. The SoHo house was then transformed again and converted by the famous Edward Albee, which fostered playwrights like Sam Sheppard, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and The Zoo Story [3]. Contribute to the historic history of the SoHo Playhouse and book this listing on Spacefy here.

The Defoor Centre

Built in the 1800’s, The Defoor Centre, once called the ’Old Stone House’ served as a Civil War hospital, during the Battle of Peachtree Creek [4]. Currently, the exposed brick that remains in the space are remnants of a fireplace that was a part of the original building’s structure. Check out this historic space on Spacefy click here.

Studio Paradiso

If the walls could talk Studio Paradiso would tell you a story about its prominent space owner. Built in the 1930s, this unique vacation home was owned by businessman, philanthropist, and Canadian public servant Sir Joseph Flavelle [5]. Sir Flavelle’s success as a general manager and part owner of the William Davies Company lead him to become a chairman of the Bank of Commerce, the National Trust Company, and Simpson’s Ltd [6]. Flavelle’s management skills were also noticed by the British Government and during World War I, they appointed Flavelle the chairman of the Imperial Munitions Board[6]. With this position, Sir Flavelle was able to successfully correct previous mismanagement of the production of ammunition being sent overseas from Canada to be used in infantry weapons. In 1917, Flavelle’s service to his country was rewarded by the King of England with a baronetcy [6]. Sir Joseph Flavelle also played an instrumental role in the affairs of the University of Toronto, the Methodist Church, the Toronto General Hospital, and the Canadian National Railroad. Experience a piece of Canadian history, check out this Spacefy listing here.

 

Sources:

  1. Pleasant Home. (Wikipedia, 2016, November 25). Retrieved January 18, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleasant_Home
  2. Seamer, C. (2013, November 5). Greenpoint Terminal Market – The Forgotten City. Retrieved January 18, 2017, from https://brooklynrelics.blogspot.ca/2013/11/greenpoint-terminal-market-forgotten.html
  3. Abdolhamidi, S. (2016, November 01). The Scandalous History of the Soho Playhouse, One of the Oldest Off-Broadway Theatres in NYC. Retrieved January 18, 2017, from http://untappedcities.com/2016/11/01/australian-1-comedian-carl-barron-comes-to-the-soho-playhouse/http://www.sohoplayhouse.com/about
  4. About us. (n.d.). Retrieved January 18, 2017, from http://www.defoorcentre.com/content/about-ushttp://www.defoorcentre.com/content/about-us
  5. Toronto Film Locations, More About Studio Paradiso. (n.d.).Retrieved January 18, 2017, from http://torontofilmlocations.com/studio/
  6. History – Sir Joseph Flavelle and the Sir Joseph Flavelle Foundation. (n.d.). Retrieved January 18, 2017, from http://www.flavellefoundation.com/history.php

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