A short drive from home can take me back a full century or more. In the heart of downtown Toronto, is the Distillery District, heritage buildings from a bygone age. Complete with clay-brick roads and off limits to most vehicular traffic, The "District is a great place to while away an hour or two, do some shopping in a wide range of boutique stores, or grab a bite to eat and enjoy the day.
Collected here are many of the images I've captured in the Distillery District, over the span of a few years. I don't visit the area often, but when I do drop in, I love it, and always find something to photograph.
Festive and Fun
The District decks itself out for Christmas too. It's like having a little bit of A Christmas Carol in your own backyard.
Dressing the Set
Adding to the charm of this "market of olde" are a few-large-as life pieces of outdoor decor; a wagon, wine barrels and a couple old trucks can be found as you wander the streets. As well as some very interesting modern art.
Walking these streets from a time long ago, you gain a greater appreciation for the craftsmanship of earlier times. From brick roads to brick walls, brick trim and archways, to the metalwork and piping from the days when this was an active distillery, It's easy to see the art of construction, all done completely by hand.