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The Malt House: 1900

The Malt House: 1900

Walkerville, Ontario, circa 1900. "Hiram Walker & Sons. Malt house from bottling works." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.


Most of those buildings are gone but,

The two storey building with the circular windows on the north side of the Drive remains and has been restored and is used for social functions. Our daughter was married on the back lawn there in 2008 and it was quite beautiful. The other buildings in this photos are moved or were torn down years ago. Great photo.

My Neighborhood

This is a few blocks from my house. This is in the city of Windsor, but when Hiram walker started his distillery he designed and built a model town called Walkerville. After amalgamation into the city of Windsor the neighborhood is still called Walkerville. His son Chandler built a large Tudor-style mansion in the early 1900s in the town and called it "Willistead" after his late brother. When Chandler's wife dies she bequeathed it to the city of Windsor. It's restored to its original beauty and is used for weddings, meetings, and other events. the property parkland, also open to the public, hosts "Art in the Park" to raise funds for the building's upkeep.

Love the fermenting

My mother grew up very near this complex, and when I was young, my family frequently visited my grandparents in old Walkerville (present day Windsor, Ontario). When the plant was doing the fermentation of the mash, or maybe it was somewhere else in the process, the WONDERFUL aroma of the grains and the yeast were strong and pleasant from a long distance. It is like somebody baking a huge batch of fresh bread ... but better. Dad would slow the car and we'd roll down the windows to get as much of it as we drove past on Riverside Drive.

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