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Don Brewery

19R River Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5A, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1996/05/21

Don Brewery (Lager Building), southeast elevation, 2004; Ministry of Culture, 2004
Don Brewery, 2004
Don Brewery (Lager Building), southwest elevation, 2004; Ministry of Culture, 2004
Don Brewery, 2004
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Autre nom(s)

Lager Brewery
Don Brewery

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction

1876/01/01 à 1877/01/01

Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2004/07/07

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

The 3-storey, brick, Lager Brewery building of the former Don Brewery in Toronto was built in 1876-1877 and is recognized for its heritage value by City of Toronto Bylaw 1966-0255.

Valeur patrimoniale

The Lager building of the former Don Brewery complex has heritage value as likely the oldest remaining brewery structure in Toronto. It also has value in its association with a prominent 19th century Toronto family, the Davies.
Thomas Davies leased the Don Brewery in 1848 from William and Robert Parks and operated it with his son, Thomas, Jr. Thomas died in 1869, and Thomas, Jr., was joined by his brother Robert in 1871. Robert founded the Dominion Brewery in 1878. Thomas, Jr.,was also a member of Toronto City Council.
The 3-storey, red and buff coloured brick, Lager building was erected in 1876-1877 to the designs of Toronto architects Smith and Gemmell. It was positioned at the rear of the lot, south of the main brewery building, to draw water from the Don River for its brewing and malting business. It was enlarged about 1880 by a west wing. Source: City of Toronto Bylaw 1996-0255 and accompanying research report.

Éléments caractéristiques

The heritage value is contained in those elements that relate to its construction as a 19th century industrial structure including:
- round-headed window openings
- red and buff brickwork with detailing including pilasters rising to cornice level, and corbelling
- relationship to the Don River and other elements of the setting that may relate to the brewery function




Autorité de reconnaissance

Administrations locales (Ont.)

Loi habilitante

Loi sur le patrimoine de l'Ontario

Type de reconnaissance

Désignation du patrimoine municipal (partie IV)

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes


Thème - catégorie et type

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction



Centre de production d'aliments et de boissons

Architecte / Concepteur

Smith and Gemmell



Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

City of Toronto Preservation Services, Toronto City Hall

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Identificateur féd./prov./terr.




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