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Michael St. 0005 - Factory - brick 3 stories Kitchener
1910 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Birth  constructed 1910  5 Michael St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Building  1910  5 Michael St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    factory - brick - 3 stories 
    • The brick and beam building with large windows and a working historic elevator was built by Charles Ahrens in 1910 to house the Ahrens Shoe Co.

      In the 1970s, it became a Greb factory outlet shoe store and from 1979 to 1999, it was the home of the Cline Shirt Co., a shirt manufacturer.
    5 Michael St., Kitchener, Ontario
    5 Michael St., Kitchener, Ontario
    Google image 2011
    Died  Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID  I135  Properties
    Last Modified  10 Dec 2011 

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    5 Michael St., Kitchener, Ontario
    5 Michael St., Kitchener, Ontario
    The brick and beam building with large windows and a working historic elevator was built by Charles Ahrens in 1910 to house the Ahrens Shoe Co.

    In the 1970s, it became a Greb factory outlet shoe store and from 1979 to 1999, it was the home of the Cline Shirt Co., a shirt manufacturer.

  • Notes 
    • Heritage building offered up for potential high-tech use

      KITCHENER \emdash  The owners of another turn-of-the-century heritage building in downtown Kitchener have decided to sell or lease it for potential high-tech or professional office uses.

      Bill Labron, co-owner with Lynn McRuer of 5 Michael St., says with the Tannery high-tech office space about two blocks away filling up quickly, he has been getting expressions of interest in the building.

      Labron and McRuer run Music Plus Corp., which sells sheet music, books and instruments, and the Beckett School of music from the building. Both are thriving businesses, "but there are a lot of places where we can do what we do," Labron says......

      The brick and beam building with large windows and a working historic elevator was built by Charles Ahrens in 1910 to house the Ahrens Shoe Co.

      In the 1970s, it became a Greb factory outlet shoe store and from 1979 to 1999, it was the home of the Cline Shirt Co., a shirt manufacturer.

      When Labron and McRuer bought the factory in 2000, they completely renovated the inside while keeping heritage features such as the wooden pillars and posts, beams and floor boards.

      They were among the first in the city to get into the "adaptive reuse" of an old industrial space that they converted into a "talent factory" for budding musicians.1a

      1aThe Waterloo Region Record 17 Jun 2011

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