HISTORY OF THE DISTILLERY DISTRICT
The Distillery District is a national Historic Site, steeped in history and rich of character. It is considered to be the largest and best preserved examples of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America. In the early 1800's, James Worts and William Gooderham emigrated from England, joined forces and created what was to become, by 1871, the world's largest commercial distillery, shipping spirits across Canada, the United States, South America and Europe. The Distillery District is comprised of approximately 47 brick and limestone buildings within a 13 acre parcel of land. The earliest of the existing buildings was erected in 1859. Following the devastating effects of the war and prohibition, Gooderham & Worts was sold 1923 to Hiram Walker. It remained in business but finally ceased operations and closed in 1990 after 153 years of continuous operation.
After a productive run as backdrop to over 1700 films and TV productions, it was purchased in 2001 by Cityscape Development Corp. In December 2001 they partnered with Dundee Realty Corporation, undertaking an incredibly ambitious project – to restore The Distillery and its more than 40 buildings, transforming them into a pedestrian-only village entirely dedicated to the arts, culture and entertainment. Cityscape remains the sole developer and landlord of The Distillery District. As such, larger franchise stores and brand name businesses have been overlooked in favour of smaller, more creative and unique local businesses.
The Distillery District is now home to an amazing array live theatre, festivals, galleries, fashion, design and jewellery boutiques, sidewalk cafés, award-winning restaurants and critically acclaimed condominium residences. It is considered one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in the downtown core. The new Gooderham and Clear Spirits towers are all but sold out. Demand for resale units is high and turnover is lower than other areas of downtown Toronto, making this a very sought-after, exclusive niche market. With the growth of the surrounding Lower Don lands, Port Lands and the broader waterfront communities, this is proving to be one of Toronto's most vibrant and exciting areas, not to mention a superb investment. Directly to the north and east of The Distillery District is the spectacular and ambitious new PanAm Athlete's Village, due to be completed by the summer of 2015. The diamond-shaped, 18 acre Corktown Common, along the river's edge, will be the third largest park in the GTA when it’s completed.
From East: Don Valley Parkway to Richmond St. exit, west on Richmond to Parliament, south on Parliament to Mill St. (one block south of Front St.), then left onto Mill St.
From West: QEW east to Gardiner Expressway. Take Jarvis St. exit, then north on Jarvis St. to Front St., East on Front to Parliament St., then south on Parliament to Mill St., left onto Mill St.
From North: 427 south to QEW. QEW east to Gardiner Expressway. Take Jarvis St. exit, then north on Jarvis St. to Front St., East on Front to Parliament St. then south on Parliament to Mill St., Left onto Mill St.
Subway - Take Subway to Castle Frank station on the Bloor line. Connect to Bus 65A Parliament. Ride bus straight down Parliament. Exit at Front St. and walk one block south to Mill St.
King streetcar. Take 504 King street car. Exit at King and Parliament. Walk 2 blocks south on Parliament to Mill St. Cherry St. Bus 172 , Front & Bay St. to Cherry Beach via The Esplanade and Mill St.
Dropping in to Soma Chocolate on Tank House Lane and getting a cocoa fix. Sitting in cobbled-stoned squares listening to live jazz and drinking micro-brewed beer from Mill Street Brew Pub. Diving into some great Ceviche at El Catrin Destileria . Watching a great play at The Young Theatre for the Performing Arts or grabbing a fresh baked baguette from Cluny. Don't forget to visit the amazing Lowe's Christmas Market
I'm an agent who lives in and specializes in real estate in the Distillery District, surrounding neighbourhoods and beyond:
J. Scott Wilson , Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage