The distillery site was founded in 1832 by James Worts and William Gooderham as a simple brick windmill that became an early symbol of the port of Toronto. Their company grew to become the largest distillery in the British Empire with production topping out at over two million gallons per year in the 1860s. Business declined during alcohol prohibition, and the distillery was re-purposed for a time as a manufacturer of gunpowder components during World War I. Then, in 1927, Hiram Walker acquired Gooderham & Worts. Whiskey distillation ended in the 1950s, but the site produced rum and industrial alcohols until it shut down for good in 1990. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/distillery-historic-district-gooderham-worts-national-historic-site
Since 2001, Cityscape Development Corp. has redeveloped the Gooderham & Worts site as a stunning example of urban renewal in the 21st century. In addition to the many arts and retail tenants at the site, events throughout the year include the Sunday Market, Toronto Christmas Market, Toronto Light Fest, and the Music City Summer Series.