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Steven EvansStill Life is a portfolio of recent photography by Toronto photographer Steven Evans. These images, taken at the Gooderham and Worts Distillery in Toronto, are a continuation of Evans’ ongoing exploration of "peopled places" – an examination of the traces of past human activity in the urban environment.
The Gooderham and Worts distillery is located on the east side of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on the northern edge of Lake Ontario. Surrounded by other abandoned factories and expressways, the 13-acre site is a remarkably intact grouping of vintage Victorian industrial architecture dating from the mid 19th and early 20th century.
Gooderham and Worts was founded in 1832 as a wind powered gristmill. The company expanded quickly to become the largest producer of whisky, rum and industrial alcohol in the British Empire. During World War 1, the distillery produced acetone for smokeless powder, and shortly after went into steady decline until its shutdown in 1990.
In 1988, the site was designated a national historic site. Today, the spaces depicted in many of these photographs are unrecognizable, as the site has been transformed by developers and converted to a mixed-use development that includes upscale retail shops, galleries, and condominiums.