Saturday, October 1, 2016

October City Theme

This month's theme is ABANDONED - Click HERE

 September 2016 - Toronto ON

Making great use of abandoned scraps at the Distillery District.

The Distillery District itself was abandoned until it was resurrected as a vibrant entertainment venue with shops, restaurants and bars.


The Gooderham and Worts Distillery was founded in 1832, and by the late 1860s was the largest distillery in the world. Once providing over 2 million US gallons (7,600,000 L) of whisky, mostly for export on the world market, the company was bought out in later years by rival Hiram Walker Co., another large Canadian distiller.

With the deindustrialization of the surrounding area in the late 20th century, and the winding-down of the distillery operations, the district was left increasingly derelict. Surrounding industrial and commercial buildings and structures were often demolished, leaving the former distillery surrounded primarily by empty lots. Nonetheless, the closing of the remaining distillery operations in 1990 created redevelopment and investment opportunities for a district that contained the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America.

The area is dotted with abandoned items adding a rustic decor.


  1. A fun the old Dodge.

  2. Very interesting photos and I like the distillery district. I guess I could spend a few weeks and never see all I wanted of Toronto.

  3. Interesting history. Love the old truck and wagon with the wood barrels.

  4. love the history and great use of the parts!

  5. Wonderful that this place was reclaimed.

    The Leafs should be abandoned!