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Commerce Building, The Doors Open Peterborough


Commerce Building, The

The Commerce Building was designed in 1894-95 by John E. Belcher, one of Peterborough's leading architects. It was constructed of Credit Valley stone and pressed brick from Toronto's Don Valley. The building's main tenant was the Commerce Bank, later the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Architectural and decorative remnants of the old bank hall at the main floor level remain intact and can be seen inside what is now a restaurant. The building has undergone many changes over the years and now houses a vibrant arts community (featuring @Bluefrogslegs, Madder House Textile Studio, Aterlier Ludmila, Heather Doughty Photography, Mary McLoughlin and more). Learn more about this building and its place in downtown Peterborough’s past. And join them, along with other downtown locations, for a virtual First Friday art crawl.

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Contact info

129 Hunter Street West
Peterborough, Ontario


Year built: 1894-95
Architect: John E. Belcher
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Peterborough

Commerce Building, The 129 Hunter Street West