The Distillery District, Toronto
The Distillery District is located in east of Downtown Toronto in Ontario. It is the famous and entertainment subdividion. It contains plenty of restaurants, cafes, and shops within the traditional buildings of the Worts Distillery. This 13 acres of area contains about 45 heritage buildings and 11 streets and it is the largest collection of Victorian-era architecture. It was entitled as National Historic Site of Canada in 1988.
It was the largest liquor shop in the world in the 1860 and was founded in 1832. It once offers over two million US gallons of whiskey for export on the world market.
Later this becomes the development of past. After the financial collapse in 90’s, it cannot be renovated and the site expected redevelopment and reinvestment. But, its special and antique design and architecture attracts thought of tourists and filmmakers. This site has been the part of about 800 films and television productions.
In 2001, this site was acquired by Cityscape Holdings Inc., that converted this region into a district with culture and entertainment and streets caps and assimilation of arts. In 2003, it was reopened to the public. The mass of the buildings are engaged and inhabited by unique art galleries, restaurants, cafes, boutiques, jewelery stores, and microbrewery. The upper storeys of the buildings were given to the artists as a studio space.
The main feature of the district is its conventional brick-paves streets and paths that are opened for cyclists and pedestrians. There are various large sculptures equipped along the lanes. And, other landmark is the furnace stack at the top the Boiler House complex. There are public places where strollers can relax. And, many other places to enjoy like restaurants and cafes.
One of the broadest streets in the district is Trinity Street, that act as a public square where events and important functions took place.