VIDEO: Historic Finds During Walker Power Building Redevelopment

Some interesting discoveries during the redevelopment of the Walker Power building on Devonshire Rd.

Crews have uncovered part of a historical railroad turntable dating back to 1887, which would allow trains to turn 360 degrees.

"Back in those days, the steam engines couldn't go in reverse so that's why the turntables were used," says building owner Piero Aleo.

The building, built in 1910, is being renovated to make room for retail space on the ground floor and office space above.


Inside the ground floor of the Walker Power building. April 24, 2019 (Photo by AM800's Teresinha Medeiros)

Aleo will incorporate the historic findings into the design of the modern building.

"The turntable specifically, we are going to be building another concrete wall inside the existing wall and we are going to install a glass floor. What people will be able to see is a new rail and timbers that we are going to reinstall."

Wednesday morning, crews also found an old wheel which will be used in the building.


A wheel was discovered on April 24, 2019 (Photo by AM800's Teresinha Medeiros)

Aleo says 50% of the space has already been leased.

"We have interest for all the space, 50% of the building is officially leased. The remaining 50% we are in negotiations so it is very good."

The building is currently four floors, but the owner is looking to add a fifth floor for more office space and an outdoor terrace.

The original project was budgeted at $10-million. 

The Walker Power Building is an early 20th century industrial building developed by the sons of Hiram Walker under the Walker Sons firm name between 1910 and 1913. 

Plans for a Starbucks in the building have fallen through, but Aleo hopes to have a cafe.