With its ivy-covered red brick facade and white-framed windows, the Gibbard Furniture Factory has been an iconic Napanee landmark since 1835. Formerly Canada’s oldest furniture factory, the building will find new life as a thriving waterfront community, featuring condominium units, retail opportunities and public spaces. Developed by Doornekamp Construction Ltd. and SilverCreek Communities, The Gibbard District is a local destination that will continue the factory’s legacy of craftsmanship and opportunity on the banks of the Napanee River.
The community will be defined by a vibrant central piazza, boasting retail, restaurants and amenities for Gibbard residents and their neighbours to enjoy. A platform for local gatherings serves as a potential venue for farmers’ markets, tree-lighting ceremonies and festivals. When designing Gibbard District, Toronto-based architects Studio JCI sought to highlight the importance of what the Gibbard Furniture Factory meant to the town. To further this vision, they’ve incorporated a collection of buildings which could become future coffee shops, grocery stores and offices.
The Gibbard condominiums blur the line between indoor and outdoor living. Studio JCI designed the building to pivot 90 degrees, providing all residential units with a stunning river view. Select residences feature upgraded enclosed balconies, allowing residents to utilize the space year-round. Interiors are characterized by high-quality materials and finishes, and expansive windows that allow natural light to flood each unit.
Gibbard’s garden villas offer an industrial aesthetic with 12-foot stained oak ceilings and exposed polished concrete floors. These historically-inspired homes are located on the piazza level and feature private garden terraces hedged by deep planting beds and tall trees for added privacy. The garden villas’ central location allows residents to easily pick up last-minute ingredients for dinner, and then relish a meal alfresco in their own outdoor space.
Located along Dundas Street, The Gibbard District provides easy access to the 401, VIA Rail and major centres. Kingston and Prince Edward County are 30 minutes away, home to attractions such as Queen’s University and award-winning wineries. Toronto and Ottawa are also two hours away in either direction.
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