In 1971 Jason Gardner purchased 186 York Street, an historic 1908 building in the heart of downtown London directly across from the Via Rail Station. With over 2325 square metres on five levels and two salerooms, this was the largest auction house in southwestern Ontario. Gardner, only the second owner, kept the rare terra cotta exterior and most of the original interior while updating air conditioning and installing state of the art alarms.
Jason Gardner passed away in 2008, after a career spanning more than 60 years as an auctioneer and appraiser. What the future holds for 186 York Street is a question.