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Distillery District

Location: Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Distillery District is an historic and entertainment district located east of Downtown Toronto. It contains numerous cafes, restaurants and shops housed within heritage buildings of the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery. The 13-acre (52,000 sq. m) district comprises more than 40 heritage buildings and 10 streets, and is the largest collection of Victorian era industrial architecture in North America. more ...

Historic plaque, Distillery District

This photo is of the historic plaque on the west building at the entrance to The Distillery Historic District at Mill Street. Photo looking east. The plaque reads (English portion): Gooderham and Worts Distillery Complex. The seeds of Canada's largest 19th-century distilling firm were sown in 1837 when a still was set up on this site to convert surplus grain from an 1832 grist mill into whisky. Exploiting new technologies and commercial opportunities, Gooderham and Worts grew steadily, parallelling Toronto's rise as a manufacturing centre. With the large stone distillery erected in 1859-61 and brick malthouse, kilns, warehouses, shops and offices built before 1900, this complex is an outstanding example of Victorian industrial design in terms of integrity, historical associations and aesthetic qualities. Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

GPS: 43 deg 39' 2.28" N, 79 deg 21' 34.91" W (43.6506333, -79.3596972)

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