Our 50 Year History

ABOUT FAEMA CANADA



The year 2007 marks 50 years Faema Canada has been introducing espresso and cappuccino to Canadians.

Through product knowledge gained in the field and specially selected espresso/cappuccino equipment (fully automated at a touch of a button or traditional machines), Faema Canada has the equipment to meet your operational needs or personal tastes. In fact, you can test the equipment prior to purchase in our state of the art testing lab.

Faema Canada is located in what was originally the Ford assembly plant, the building has been fabulously redesigned incorporating many of the original architectural features.

We invite you to visit one of the largest showrooms in North America (20,000 sq/ft) for espresso/cappuccino and cafe equipment. With a fabulous showroom of past and present machines, a visit to the Faema showroom and offices is worth the time.

Bits of History

In 1914 John Graham and Company, Architects, designed the building as the Ford Motor Company factory and showroom.

Ford's new Toronto home opened on Feb. 22, 1915 - just at the time of this year's car show. This annual event, put on by the city's car dealers, was the forerunner of the present Canadian International Auto Show that's also held in February.

From a contemporary newspaper:

"... on the main floor is a richly appointed showroom, a customer waiting room, executive offices, a lunch room for the female workers and, at the rear, a modern garage.

On the second floor are the loading and unloading facilities for the crates that arrive by box-car from the main plant. Here, too, is a huge parts stockroom and, across the hall, a second room in which busy salesmen can rest themselves and their busy pencils.

... entire third floor is a repair shop complete with the most up-to-date tools and equipment.

The assembly line is located one floor above. This is where the parts in these crates are turned into nice, shiny Model Ts.

On the fifth floor is the paint shop where customers can have their vehicle finished in any colour, as long as it is black. Now we're on the roof, where each new product is put through its paces on an abbreviated version of a full-size test track."

In 1925 the Ford Motor Company of Canada decided that increased production requires new, larger facilities.

The building at corner of Dupont and Christie had to undergo some structural changes in order to accomodate new tenants - various food processing companies, including Planter's Peanuts from 1948-87.

May, 1988

From information prepared for the Toronto Historical Board meeting:

"The property at 672 Dupont Street, known as the Ford Motor Company of Canada building, is recommended for inclusion on the Inventory of Heritage Properties for architectural reasons."

The Board accepted the recommendation and included the building, as property #73 on the list.

Today

In 1999 the former motorcar manufactory looks almost exactly as it did in its early days, 85 years ago. Former showroom's beauty has been meticulously restored and now it hosts FAEMA's cafe.

What, in Ford's days, was loading and unloading facilities on the first floor now became FAEMA's showroom and offices.

Other floors are occupied by various offices and warehouses