Thursday Doors – April 26, 2018

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Distillery District – Toronto

If you haven’t already heard, Toronto had a really tough week. On Monday a deranged young man used a rental van to mow down pedestrians on Yonge St., one of Canada’s busiest streets, killing 10 people and injuring 14 others.

Between this and the bus crash that killed 16 members of the Humboldt junior hockey team in Saskatchewan at the beginning of April, a lot of people in Canada are feeling kinda numb at the moment and wondering what the hell’s next.

In fact I seriously thought about pulling this post and maybe taking a week or two off.

No. Instead I’d prefer to focus on all of the good there is to find in one of my favourite Canadian cities.

So let’s take a stroll through the historic distillery district on the south-eastern edge of downtown Toronto.

Designated as a National Historic Site in 1988 this former industrial neighbourhood is now a pedestrian-only attraction encompassing about ten streets worth of the old Gooderham and Worts whiskey distillery.

Containing over 40 heritage status buildings now converted into trendy shops, restaurants, and art galleries, the District is home to the largest collection of Victorian era industrial buildings in North America.

Quite impressive for a city that was known for being ruthless about demolishing its old buildings during construction booms of recent decades.

In later years they were bought out by long-time rival Hiram Walker but it is said that at their peak in the late 1860’s Gooderham and Worts was the largest distillery in the world; producing up to 2,000,000 gallons of their finest annually.

Certainly not unplanned, their proximity to a key railway line and the Toronto harbor on lake Ontario, made it easy to get their product to markets across North America and the rest of the world, and contributed greatly to their success.

Walking around this neighbourhood you can almost imagine that unmistakable sour smell of distilling whiskey lingering over everything on a hot summer day.

If you ever visit Toronto you’ll find the Distillery District to be a beautiful well-preserved part of the city’s history that is well worth checking out.

And of course there are lots of lovely doors and other interesting features to discover.

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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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91 Responses to Thursday Doors – April 26, 2018

  1. reocochran says:

    Toronto and Canada have had my heart and prayers with all of you! It was quite shocking since our country is more known for this kind of disasters. 🕊️ 🌈
    I liked your distillery district photographs in good lighting and no rain not snow!
    There weren’t any pictures of you and whoever you were with (Honey?) and a frosted glass of beer or ale, Norm.
    I always enjoy trips to specific areas and seeing similar paint colors as in the small red bricks and the green paint contrasts​ nicely. On the color wheel. . . Red is a primary while green is a secondary color. I had to use my art knowledge since I “wing it” on my doors and hardware knowledge. 🙂

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  3. Amy says:

    I was saddened to hear about the horrific events. I’m glad that you chose to share the beauty you’ve captured in Toronto. The preservation of that area looks quite spectacular. I think I can smell the whiskey in the air. 😉

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  4. dweezer19 says:

    My sincere apologies for not mentioning the terrible event tgat took place there Norm. I was saddened to hear of yet another senseless loss of innocent lives at the hand of insanity. Prayers are with your country today and always. Cheryl

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  5. I’m so glad you posted these doors. The history they represent is incredible and they are very eye-catching as well. I really love the brick buildings too! My heart feels heavy for the loss you all have suffered. The world is upside down, not so recognizable anymore.

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  6. Pistachios says:

    The solid brick buildings, paved roads, and dark green doors are a lovely sight! I especially like the little green door under/by the window. Only noticed the little hearts drawn over it after a closer look. I guess someone else loved it too 😉

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  7. dweezer19 says:

    My bery favorite doors leading to my favorite insides! 👏🏻

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  8. It was awful to hear about those tragedies, Norm. An accident is one thing, but to deliberately plow into a crowd of people is despicable. I’m glad you decided to post those wonderful images, those buildings are so full of history, and I love that little green window.

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  9. I like that little door. That’s cool that they are near a railway. That would mean no spillage getting it out.

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  10. Ally Bean says:

    This looks like a fun district to explore. I love the flower box on the second-story window/door to a deathly fall. How trippy is that? [Pun intended.]

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  11. Jennie says:

    This was a delightful Doors post! To add To Toronto’s grief, the Maple Leafs lost in game seven after a terrific hockey series.

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  12. jazzytower says:

    So sorry to hear the maddness has invaded your neck of the woods also. I just don’t know what is going on anymore.

    I love all the bricks and stone. Must make for a nice area to wander through at leisure. I love that it’s pedestrian only.

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  13. I see so much more green here. The weather must be changing in your part of the world. 🙂

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  14. Aimer Boyz says:

    The Distillery District is one of my favourite places and your pictures do it justice. I love that little mini door 🙂
    I noticed your Wordless Wednesday photo was also from the Distillery District. Lovely idea.

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  15. Candy says:

    Thanks for the tour. I love the stone building with all the green windows and doors. Of course, that tiny door a ’adoorable’ 😉

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  16. The green really shows up well. Hope they’ll keep all those doors and windows in that classic color.

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  17. I like your Tribute to Toronto and so many wonderful green doors! I love all the shades of weathered green with the brick. I have a few favs. I love Thompson Laundry the last image, N°8, and that little bitty door with the window higher and catty corner to it.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Deborah. It was a fun stroll through an interesting area. Unfortunately it was later in the day so a didn’t get all of the shots I wanted due to the fading light. I am happy with the ones I got though 🙂

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  18. Carrie Rubin says:

    So tragic what happened in Toronto. You do the city a nice service by showcasing its doors. And a shot of whiskey right about now wouldn’t hurt either. These are some dark times.

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  19. What a happy green collection! I’m so glad you didn’t take the time off.

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  20. klara says:

    very sorry about the recent tragic events in your country. glad you had strength to stay positive. very nice district worth visiting. love all that green.

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  21. JT Twissel says:

    Terrible about the bus crash and the lunatic in Toronto. So sorry. It seems like green is the standard for distillery doors!

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  22. Tara says:

    Lots of green A peaceful color. Doors, doors, doors above doors, teeny doors. All very fun and pretty.

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  23. Fabulous doors! My husband and I enjoyed strolling around the Distillery District when we were in Toronto a couple of years ago. I love that little green “Hobbit” door.

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  24. Gorgeous selection of brick buildings with green doors and trim! I love the pop of red with the tiny building (an outhouse?) and adore the mini green door.Hugs for Toronto.

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  25. jesh stg says:

    Your first photo looks how it is in many city centers in Europe – cars can’t go through there. That tiny green arched door is hard to overlook -so cute! Easy to understand, senseless tragedies like this make you feel numb, but am glad you made the better choice to find the good:):) For the very reason that these killings are being set up, not to give in to these perpetrators insane demands for attention.

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  26. Leah says:

    This is, indeed, a cool district for wandering around, admiring the architecture, and stopping for nibbles and tipples, too.

    You are right; we need to celebrate all that is great in our country in this sad and bewildering time.

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  27. What a fine selection of doors, Worts and All!

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  28. marianallen says:

    Arches, brick and stone, and green doors — does it get any better than that? Hugs to Canada. Hugs.

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  29. Lynn says:

    Love this area in Toronto & to spend time meandering around the district. My heart goes out to those impacted by the recent tragic happenings in the city. I remain a Canadian who is so very proud & grateful to live here. We remain the true north strong & free🇨🇦❤️

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  30. joey says:

    Oh my gosh, I want to go there now. Why am I being on my sofa? Oh, yeah, time, money, responsibility, pfft! lol Those last few shots are tops! I love the coal door, the coal door is my fave! But those doors missing balconies, those are always a hit with me and so much brick. Just splendid, replete with character. I’m so glad #ThursdayDoors lets us see so much from our homes, thank you for sharing the smell of distilled whiskey and the texture of old things this fine morning 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Joey 🙂
      There’s something about the smell of distilled whiskey that stirs up memories for me.
      In Montreal there’s a sunken stretch of highway that used to run past a Seagram’s distillery. We had to take that route to visit my grandfather when I was a kid. Even with the windows rolled up it smelled to high heaven around there. So much so that local traffic reporters referred to it as the whiskey trench.
      We sometimes take the whiskey trench route to visit my BIL today. They closed the Seagram’s plant in 1996 but on a hot summer day when the conditions are just right, it STILL smells of whiskey, and it always makes me think of those visits to my granddad’s place.

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  31. dennyho says:

    Very sorry for the recent tragedies you all have endured and glad you decided to post and remain positive. I don’t think I’ve ever visited a distillery district before, until now through your post. I imagine the inside of the buildings to be renovated but still have a nod to their rustic roots. We have some areas like this in downtown Richmond, Virginia that are quite lovely and make terrific dining, bar, art venues.

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  32. LindaGHill says:

    I’ve driven past it so many times but never stopped. I shall make a point of it. Thanks for the tour, Norm! I love that tiny door!

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  33. The reporting of what is going on all around us certainly does get us down. But, thank you for choosing to focus on the positive so that evil doesn’t win out. I’m sure you know an entire district devoted to distillery would catch my eye even before seeing these historic and handsome bright doors. Favorite? I LOVE the tiny door. Thank you, Norm, and prayers to all our northern neighbors having to deal with this senseless loss of lives.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks for the encouraging words Judy.
      Though I’m not a big fan of drinking the stuff I do love the smell of whiskey. I’d love to go back there on a hot summer day to see if that smell still permeates there.

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  34. quiall says:

    You do Toronto proud, Norm!

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  35. Joanne Sisco says:

    I’ve been to this area many times and your beautiful photos really highlight what’s so special about it. Like others have said, it’s hard to pick a favourite, but the little mini door nudges ahead of the race for me.

    Kind words about Toronto, Norm. You and I are on the same wavelength today.

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  36. Thanks for focusing on the good again this week, Norm. There are terrible things happening but the majority of what goes on is good and we just never hear about it. Doors are a small part of that, but a part of normality, something to cling to in these difficult times.

    I agree with Dan that it’s difficult to choose a favorite this week, not that we have to. I’m happy they kept the old, beautiful buildings and the beautifully-colored doors go perfectly with the buildings. If we get back to Toronto one of these days, this is an area on my list.


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  37. Jackie says:

    It has been a tough week here in Toronto but I am proud with how it was all handled.
    Distillery District is a favourite part of Toronto for me, always something going on.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      All of Canada is proud of how things were handled there this week. From the cop who showed restraint, the bystanders who pitched in to help the injured, to the politicians who didn’t use this to push a divisive agenda, cripes even the journalists for the most part waited to check facts instead of rushing to report the first salacious details they heard.

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  38. Dan Antion says:

    I understand the desire to close down and spend some time thinking about the recent events and taking some time to heal. I do think it was a good choice to showcase something wonderful from Toronto. Unfortunate as it is, we have to move forward, and Canada has strong, caring people and beautiful cities. I am sorry for all those people affected by these tragedies, and we have included them in our prayers.

    As for these doors, Norm – wow! This is one of those posts where I was saying: “that’s my favorite, not that’s my favorite, no, that’s my, no, that, no…” Please don’t make me choose one. I love the green doors! I really like the loading doors, stacked over each other and the little green door – is that for your buddy, the blue frog? It looks just about the right size for him. If I make it back to Toronto for a visit, this area is firmly on my list.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks so much Dan. That little door was my favourite discovery of the day. Yes this area is well worth a detour to visit though I can imagine it being pretty crowded during peak summer tourist season.

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  39. Corina says:

    Thank you for letting the show go in this week. You’ve shown us a lovely part of your history and some great doors and windows!

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  40. scooj says:

    Some really wonderful doors, and unusually quite a few steel doors in there too. I love that period of architecture.

    On the tragic events you spoke of, both were covered extensively here in the UK – as you know, we are no strangers to these kinds of things, but they always send a shock wave through society. Carrying on with what we do is a strong tonic, but personally I believe one should continue to be mindful of what has happened.

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  41. Sherry Felix says:

    I love the last door with the green moustache.

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  42. weejars says:

    Loving all the green! Glad you decided to go ahead with the post and focus on something good from Canada

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  43. Tony Burgess says:

    Without doors and windows our world would be very closed in.

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