Stanley Bronstein Interviews John Egnatis and Anthony Natale


When John Egnatis was 13 years old, he took a summer job as a dishwasher in a restaurant downtown, near where his father worked as a trade furrier. On the daily drives to and from downtown that summer, John’s father gave him civic and architecture lessons by never taking the same route twice and continually describing how the city had changed due to municipal initiatives and market forces. That experience sparked a curiosity in John about land, commerce and architectural design that continues to burn bright today.

Anthony’s father, Nick, was a successful homebuilder in Canada, and some of Anthony’s earliest memories are on job sites. He began working for his father at the age of five, sweeping out basements and gathering scrap metal to recycle into additional funds. Alongside his father, Anthony learned the homebuilding trade, the importance of staying grounded, and the value of hard work and discipline. Anthony attended the University of Toronto, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in engineering and a specialization in geophysics.

As the principals behind Grenadier Homes, a company doing much charity work, John and Anthony incorporate these ideals in every home they build. In Italy, craftsmen are revered for their attention to detail. They say the Grenadier Way is to focus on the details. This maximizes beauty and minimizes problems, keeping warranty costs low and enabling customer satisfaction.


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