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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Doors Open - Hide House

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Acton, ON



Offered in English.


Widely known as Canada’s largest leather store, the humble beginnings of the Hide House were as a shipping and receiving warehouse for Acton’s Beardmore & Co., the largest tannery in the British Empire at the turn of the century. In 1899, Beardmore & Company also built a large brick warehouse, right next to the railway line. Even back then it was known as the “Hide House” because raw hides were brought in by rail and stored here to await transport by horse-drawn wagons to the tannery for processing. And so things remained until a spur line was built from the main rail line directly to the Beardmore plant. With the warehouse no longer required, it was sold in 1933. For the next several decades, the building housed various non-leather industries – including a factory which made uniforms and underwear for the military during the second world war.

More than a quarter century of further refinement, rejuvenation and growth to the present have made the Acton landmark the largest and most popular leather store in Canada.



Ann Lawlor

Doors Open


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Downtown Acton

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