Steptoe & Wife Antiques Ltd. has been a fixture in the Toronto design community since 1972. Originally known as an importer of English antiques, Steptoe operated a successful retail antique business in the Yorkville area of Toronto until 1978.
Steptoe subsequently pioneered the development of several aspects of the renovation and restoration industry and now specializes in architectural metal products. Steptoe’s reputation has been built on many years of growing strong relationships with our customers in North America and abroad, and within our industry.
Steptoe’s president, Bernard Snitman, is a member of CAPHC, the Canadian Association of Professional Heritage Consultants. And yes, there is a wife. Marna Snitman works in the company and together, she and Bernard founded and operate this thriving business.
Throughout the 1990s Steptoe was involved in dozens of significant historic restoration projects.
When cast iron and steel railings were required for the restoration of the Lyric / Apollo Theatres (now the Hilton Theatre) in New York City, Steptoe was contracted to shop-fabricate them. A panel casting of the historic exterior balcony rail was supplied to duplicate for use in the interior “Grand Staircase” and elliptical balcony railing. This featured iron casting weighed 90 lbs. and after alteration became a double- sided panel. The Hilton Theatre has become a feature of the redevelopment of Times Square.
Steptoe replicated the historic stone detail in patinated stamped sheet bronze panels for The Hamilton Courthouse, Hamilton, Ontario. The completed project is installed 50’ above the sidewalk and is approximately 100’ in length.
Toronto’s Canon Theatre (previously the Pantages Theatre) canopies involved the fabrication, finishing and assembly of hundreds of zinc stampings to re-create the look of the original drawings dating from the early 20th century. The detail of a maiden appearing throughout the interior plasterwork was replicated in large cast aluminum panels inserted into the canopy. The project consisted of 130 linear feet of decorative canopy incorporating two arched entranceways on the front and rear of the building.
Steptoe fabricated and installed all the decorative ironwork including columns, grilles and railings, for the reconstruction of the Kew Gardens Bandstand in the historic Beaches area of Toronto.
In 2003, Steptoe spun off its very successful decorative drapery hardware business and created a new company, Alhambra Hardware Company Inc..