Distillery District is a National historical site that has lot of interesting stories. The District as it is usually called as a mix of programs that ensured that it has evolved from being an isolated island east of Toronto’s downtown to be positioned as a historic center in Canada. The District has emerged as a place of dynamic cultural activity and social engagement within the environment since the industrial revolution. The District is among the most active heritage sites in Toronto. It draws a residential population as well as local and international visitors. It accommodates a broad range of cultural and commercial activities. This has challenged architects and urban designers, to create work that echoes and interprets its heritage character.
The tour around the district was done by Eric, he brought stories of the District to life with his charming personality. He spoke like he was there throughout the evolution of the District.
Distillery District was once the Gooderham and Worts Distillery which was the largest Distillery in the world back in the 1800’s. Distillery District was once a Milling company for flour, it was founded by James Worts and William Gooderham. James migrated from England to Toronto (then Upper York) because of the opportunity during the industrial revolution, he was later joined by his brother-in-law William Gooderham a year later because of the James was managing the resources of the business. The company successfully ran as a milling company until James committed suicide after his wife death. Gooderham did not know how to run the Mill, luckily for him James Worts eldest son who started working in the company at a young age knew everything about the business. Gooderham and Worts eldest son decided to add a Distillery to their manufacturing plant because of the boom in the growth of grain. The Company later focused in making beer, whiskey till the company was closed. We went to most of the buildings located at the District and each of the building has a story to it.
The Distillery. Photo Credit: Abisola Orenuga.
The tour ended with a trip to the Fermenting Cellar which is where most of the events in the District are held. The Fermenting Cellar has the same original look to it since the time it was constructed. The Cellar is one the most unique event space in Toronto because of its industrial design. The venue is a raw space that allows you to design the space to your specification. The space is 7500 square foot so it is suitable to accommodate any kind of event that you are planning. The venue has the capacity to accommodate 600 people standing, 390 seated dinner.
The Fermenting Cellar offers an event a memorable atmosphere as such it is booked all year long for special occasions and event. If you ever considered using the Fermenting Cellar for your event it is advisable that you get your date booked before it gets booked by someone else.
The District is an exciting place to visit especially in the night because of its beauty and the various events that are been held at night.
The Industrial Design look. Photo Credit: Abisola Orenuga.