Now that is some subtle rearranging there. I wonder when the building was put up and when an owner decided to do the alteration.Too bad the newest incarnation lost those transom windows (I wonder if you could open them to let the hot air out). And I would love to still have those louvered doors if the face of the building gets full summer light.Great find!
It was built in 1918
Scroll downWestern use of the swastika in the early 20th century
There's a photo of the building in Jean François Nadeau's book, "The Canadian Fuhrer: The Life of Adrien Arcand" (https://books.google.ca/books?id=D630umvXNKoC&pg=PA96&lpg=PA96&dq=swastika+troy+montreal&source=bl&ots=xVfAiVZRx4&sig=JIBwjQaEyDgjgxQna3rIpdawMYI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjC5-PmnN3JAhVI62MKHQ2aDf4Q6AEITDAI#v=onepage&q=swastika%20troy%20montreal&f=false).The photo caption says the building was put up in the 1930's so I guess there was no way the developer/owner didn't know about the meaning.In which case, I wonder if a newer owner got a good deal on the building before altering the brickwork.
This street was the home of Troy Laundry.In fifties there were several laundries and diaper services as many people lacked washing machines and Pampers disposable diapers did not exist. Mr. Stork, a diaper service we used for my daughter 'til 1971 when we relocated to the states