349 Carlaw is located just north of the bustling Queen Street East strip. While the Leslieville area has emerged as Toronto’s hippest place to dine, drink, shop and live, 349 Carlaw has a unique history. Built in 1908 by A.A. Barthelmes, one of Canada’s best “piano men”, 349 Carlaw was one of the most modern factories in Toronto at the time, having used state-of-the-art construction techniques and materials, such as the introduction of the Mushroom System of Reinforced Concrete, which eliminated the need of all interior beams between the building’s columns. Although Barthelmes did not make pianos, his factory manufactured the actions and sold these to makers of fine pianos. With its rich history, this area will continue to see rapid growth that includes intensification and improvement of the Riverdale and Queen East communities, and is accessible via the Queen & King Streetcar lines that offers a short 10 minute commute to the Financial District.