Over seventy-five years have passed since Canada declared war on Germany, yet remnants of GECO still stand today, a testament to the incredible workmanship of her builders. Remarkably, 172 buildings were erected in five months back during WWII, constructed from wood, and intended to be temporary sheds with an anticipated lifespan of only five years. A world war couldn’t possibly last longer. Someone would capitulate eventually.
Little could Messrs. Hamilton, or their 21,000 employees have fathomed the lasting legacy of GECO in Scarborough.
A walk or drive around the area today bordered by Warden Avenue to the west, Eglinton Avenue to the north, Sinnott Road to the east, and Hymus Road to the south will reveal, with a discerning eye, the low silhouettes of approximately twenty original GECO buildings, some remarkably unchanged from their former heyday. The quality of the building construction only speaks to the incredible standards that the entire GECO endeavour strived to not only meet but surpass.