Bogdon and Gross Demolition for New Development

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The majority of the demolition has concluded, and development will be started in the upcoming year. We thank you for your interest in this project.

Bodgon and Gross Building

The Municipality of Brockton is pleased to announce initial plans for a new residential development at the site of the former Bogdon and Gross furniture factory at 75 Ridout Street in Walkerton. Although this is not a Municipal Project it is a significant change in our community.

The former furniture factory at 75 Ridout Street, built in the late 1890s by the Knechtel Furniture Company, will be demolished, as the building does not lend itself to residential development and is in very poor condition. Bogdon and Gross purchased the factory in 1938, after it had closed in 1934 during the Great Depression. The structure has sat empty since 2017, and a fire in 2020 caused damage to the third floor. A demolition permit has been issued. Additional information on the upcoming residential development is available in the Media Release.

The Municipality recognizes the historical significance of the property, and encourages residents to share their stories, and photos on the former Bogdon and Gross building to ensure this historical location is properly archived into Brockton’s historical archives. We will also provide photos of the demolition project as it occurs.

The Municipality of Brockton is pleased to announce initial plans for a new residential development at the site of the former Bogdon and Gross furniture factory at 75 Ridout Street in Walkerton. Although this is not a Municipal Project it is a significant change in our community.

The former furniture factory at 75 Ridout Street, built in the late 1890s by the Knechtel Furniture Company, will be demolished, as the building does not lend itself to residential development and is in very poor condition. Bogdon and Gross purchased the factory in 1938, after it had closed in 1934 during the Great Depression. The structure has sat empty since 2017, and a fire in 2020 caused damage to the third floor. A demolition permit has been issued. Additional information on the upcoming residential development is available in the Media Release.

The Municipality recognizes the historical significance of the property, and encourages residents to share their stories, and photos on the former Bogdon and Gross building to ensure this historical location is properly archived into Brockton’s historical archives. We will also provide photos of the demolition project as it occurs.

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    Brockton Heritage Committee Submissions

    7 months ago

    Drawing of Bogdon and Gross Furniture Factory from 1920's

    Additional history, including articles about Bogdon and Gross



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    Company History

    8 months ago

    Founded in 1927 by Peter Bogdon and Karl Gross, the Company started its operations in Kitchener, Ontario. In 1938, it relocated to Walkerton, Ontario, operating as a private enterprise owned by the Bogdon family. George Bogdon was in charge from 1940 to 1990, followed by John Al, Sr. Barbara Bogdon took over from 1993 to 2002 when it was purchased by the general manager, Adam Hofmann, and later was bought by investors.

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