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The Bonnie Stuart Building Adaptive Reuse


Big Shoes to Fill

Adapting for the 21st Century



A former shoe factory that is now one of the very few facilities in Ontario with significant ownership by artists, was also the home of our office from 1999 until 2021.


The building was adaptively re-used from an iconic shoe factory to a multipurpose facility for cultural and art production that contains:

  • Space for events and rehearsals;

  • Ice cream factory;

  • Space with a commercial kitchen to support food entrepreneurs;

  • 25 artist studios;

  • Pottery supplies outlet;

  • Art organizations that are active in the community;


Our Role:

Assistance with building code compliance, fire safety, planning, construction management for maintenance and upgrades, drawings and application for building permit and reviews to the building through its conversion and adaptation under the new ownership.


Our Contribution:

In the early days of JMA our firm was looking to support our future and growth in the heart of the Grand River Watershed. Through close connections with members of the local art community we became aware that Globe Studios was also looking for a home. Fortunately, the opportunity arose to buy the historic Bonnie Stuart Building. Over the years clever adaptive reuse has transformed the former shoe factory into a multipurpose hub dedicated to arts and culture. John MacDonald Architect's passionate dedication to the Bonnie Stuart Building has established a true home for creators in our community



Project Data

Adaptive Reuse


Construction Management


Kitchener, Ontario

2,045 m² (22,000 sq.ft)?

Completed 2016