Historic photos from around Distillery District, Toronto

The Distillery District is centred around the Gooderham & Worts Distillery which was in continuous production for 153 years - from 1837 to 1990. In 1831 James Worts emigrated to Canada and started a grist mill on the site. He was joined by his brother-in-law William Gooderham, and in 1837 they add a distillery. Eventually they had a flourmill, their own wharf, an icehouse, and a dairy.

It remains one of the largest and best preserved set of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America. For more information, see the Distillery District Heritage webpage



List of all areas in Toronto or take a look at the historic photos by date. A subset of the photos have also been arranged by subject.

 
 

1834 Historic photo from 1834 - General View of Toronto (featuring the windmill of Worts and Gooderham, Millers) in Distillery DistrictGeneral View of Toronto (featuring the windmill of Worts and Gooderham, Millers)
180 years ago - Distillery District - 1834
Link to archive record - Map location
1907 Historic photo from 1907 - Parliament St., looking north across Mill St. and the railway crossing in Distillery DistrictParliament St., looking north across Mill St. and the railway crossing
107 years ago - Distillery District - 1907
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1907 Historic photo from 1907 - Parliament St., looking south across Mill St. in Distillery DistrictParliament St., looking south across Mill St.
107 years ago - Distillery District - 1907
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1907 Historic photo from 1907 - Cherry St., looking north from n. of Mill St., across C.P.R. tracks towards Front St. E. in Distillery DistrictCherry St., looking north from n. of Mill St., across C.P.R. tracks towards Front St. E.
107 years ago - Distillery District - 1907
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1912 Historic photo from Saturday, February 3, 1912 - Old houses - northwest corner of Trinity and Fronts Streets in Distillery DistrictOld houses - northwest corner of Trinity and Fronts Streets
102 years ago - Distillery District - Saturday, February 3, 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1916 Historic photo from Thursday, November 30, 1916 - Original staff of British Acetones in Distillery DistrictOriginal staff of British Acetones
98 years ago - Distillery District - Thursday, November 30, 1916
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1917 Historic photo from Friday, November 9, 1917 - Condemned Houses - Southeast corner of Eastern Avenue and Trinity Street in Distillery DistrictCondemned Houses - Southeast corner of Eastern Avenue and Trinity Street
97 years ago - Distillery District - Friday, November 9, 1917
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1918 Historic photo from Tuesday, November 12, 1918 - Ground floor mill showing machinery for driving millstones and rolls in Distillery DistrictGround floor mill showing machinery for driving millstones and rolls
96 years ago - Distillery District - Tuesday, November 12, 1918
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1918 Historic photo from Tuesday, November 12, 1918 - Groundfloor mill, showing machinery for driving millstones and rools in Distillery DistrictGroundfloor mill, showing machinery for driving millstones and rools
96 years ago - Distillery District - Tuesday, November 12, 1918
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1918 Historic photo from Tuesday, November 19, 1918 - View looking south on Trinity Street, showing to the right the M. E. K. still and tank houses in Distillery DistrictView looking south on Trinity Street, showing to the right the M. E. K. still and tank houses
96 years ago - Distillery District - Tuesday, November 19, 1918
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1918 Historic photo from Thursday, November 21, 1918 - View of the plant from the west, showing the butyl tank, capacity 1.4 million gallons; boiler house, with distillery and mill in the distance in Distillery DistrictView of the plant from the west, showing the butyl tank, capacity 1.4 million gallons; boiler house, with distillery and mill in the distance
96 years ago - Distillery District - Thursday, November 21, 1918
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1954 Historic photo from 1954 - Cherry St. Hotel, then Eastern Star Hotel ca 1904, with Tippet Richardson sign in Distillery DistrictCherry St. Hotel, then Eastern Star Hotel ca 1904, with Tippet Richardson sign
(Categorized under: Hotels )
60 years ago - Distillery District - 1954
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1981 Historic photo from Monday, May 18, 1981 - Cherry St - Canary Restaurant, Palace Street School, and Cherry Street Hotel in Distillery DistrictCherry St - Canary Restaurant, Palace Street School, and Cherry Street Hotel
(Categorized under: Hotels )
33 years ago - Distillery District - Monday, May 18, 1981
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1981 Historic photo from Monday, May 18, 1981 - Cherry St, ws, south of Front St E. One of the last originally residential structures left by 'collations' Patrick Cummins in Distillery DistrictCherry St, ws, south of Front St E. One of the last originally residential structures left by 'collations' Patrick Cummins
33 years ago - Distillery District - Monday, May 18, 1981
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1983 Historic photo from Wednesday, July 13, 1983 - Mill St looking west, from east of Trinity St. to the CN Tower in Distillery DistrictMill St looking west, from east of Trinity St. to the CN Tower
31 years ago - Distillery District - Wednesday, July 13, 1983
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1995 Historic photo from 1995 - Barbwire gate for a movie set - Distillery District in Distillery DistrictBarbwire gate for a movie set - Distillery District
19 years ago - Distillery District - 1995
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)