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Stone Distillery

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HISTORY

It is an industrial building from 1859, located in Toronto, in the Ontario region, Canada. Currently listed, it is the largest and oldest building in the Distillery District, a complex formed by the 47 buildings of the former beverage maker Gooderhamand Worts, which in the 19th century became the largest distillery in the British Empire and (for some time) in the world, but it was closed in 1990.

Acquired in 2003 by a group of private investors, the complex has been spectacularly restored and converted into a pedestrian-only cultural and entertainment center. Today, it is the best-preserved set of Victorian industrial architecture in North America.

 

WHY THIS PLACE

The building stands out for its size (91 X 24 meters) and for its style that reflects the old Florentine architecture. During the restoration, several elements of the old beverage factory were preserved and reused in the decoration of the complex, such as machinery, walls with exposed brick in the sheds, bottles of manufactured drinks, with labels aged by time, and even original chandeliers of the time. Ideal for a bohemian, unconventional, cheerful and carefree wedding. The Fermenting Cellar space is widely used for weddings and events in general.

CURIOSITIES

• In 1869, an explosion in the fermentation cellar caused a fire that destroyed the entire interior of the wood, but left the stones and machinery almost intact. Despite the damage, the building was rebuilt and reopened in 1870.
• During the First World War, and also in the Second, the distillery was used to produce explosives, but it distilled again in 1945 and remained productive until 1990. In the next ten years, it stopped producing alcohol, but served as a location for hundreds of films , such as Chicago and X-Men, helping Toronto to earn the nickname "Hollywood North".
• One of the demands of the new owners of the Distillery District was that the complex's facilities were occupied only by small businesses: boutiques, cafes, galleries, restaurants, art installations. The absence of large franchises is precisely one of the reasons for its charm.

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