About the book
The Distillery Historic District, with its historic associations and thriving arts scene, is one of <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_city _w3a_st="on">Toronto’s most intriguing places. Between the 1830s and the 1890s, the firm of Gooderham & Worts grew from a small windmill in the wilderness to the largest distillery in the <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">British Empire and, for a time, in the world. In the process, it built some of the finest Victorian industrial architecture in <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Canada. Today’s district contains over 40 heritage buildings on a 13-acre site that once formed a vital part of Toronto’s busy commercial waterfront. With the cultural renaissance of the distillery site and the prospect of a revitalized waterfront, we can now explore the people, buildings, events, industrial artifacts and processes that made Gooderham & Worts Distillery such an important part of Toronto’s history. What is mashing … a rack house … a scale tank … a corbel … or a tie plate? Read on. Who were James Worts, William Gooderham or David Roberts, Sr. and Jr.? Read on. What is the oldest building still standing on the site? When did the railway arrive? What happened on October 26, 1869? Read on. <_o3a_p>
About the Author
<_st13a_personname _w3a_st="on">Sally Gibson is Manager of Heritage Services for the Distillery Historic District, where she is immersed in all aspects of the history of this National Historic Site. She has written two previous books about <_st13a_city _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Toronto. More Than an Island: A History of the Toronto Island was praised by urban thinker Jane Jacobs as “city history at its very best.” Inside <_st13a_city _w3a_st="on">Toronto: Urban Interiors 1880s – 1920s was short-listed for the City of <_st13a_city _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Toronto Book Award and received Heritage Toronto’s Award of Excellence in 2007.