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John St. Roundhouse - Steam Whistle Brewing
255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3M9
Telephone: 416-362-2337

District: South (former City of Toronto and East York)

Architect and year:
Anglin-Norcross, 1929 , 1929
Subsequent architect(s)/ consultant(s):
William Hurst Architects, 1999-2000; WHA Architects Inc., 2007
Ware Malcolm, 2009-2010

Saturday: 10am to 6pm
Last admittance to building: 5:45pm
Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Last admittance to building: 4:45pm

The CPR John Street Roundhouse, stunning home of Steam Whistle Brewing, is located steps from the CN Tower. Built in 1929, The Roundhouse originally serviced over 50 locomotives a day from Union Station. At its centre, a rotating turntable moved trains into bays for repair. The Roundhouse was the first to use a new clean air and energy conservation system, called "the direct steaming system", which improved train maintenance, fuel consumption and working conditions. Over the decades passenger rail service declined and the facility closed in 1988. In 1999, Steam Whistle Brewing breathed new life into the building, renovating with an eye to preserve the original post and beam construction. The brewery opened its doors to the public as part of Doors Open Toronto 2000. Inside are the Brewery's manufacturing facilities as well as a retail store/gallery and events venue. The building’s exterior walls are almost entirely made up of multi-paned windows, filling the vaulted 30 ft. interior with natural light. The original Douglas Fir posts support the sloped cedar roof. Throughout The Roundhouse, catwalks and exposed brick retain the feel of the building's original use.

Event information:
Free brewery tours are offered every quarter hour and include a sample of Steam Whistle, Canada's Premium Pilsner. Tours will highlight the building's historic use as a rail facility and its adaptive re-use as a brewery and event venue. Green features of this Building and green initiatives will be highlighted. The Toronto Railway Historical Association will host Doors Open Toronto at the Roundhouse. TRHA volunteers will be available to answer questions and interpret the artifacts. Steam Whistle Brewing's architect, Dave Taylor of Ware Malcolm, will make a presentation on Saturday afternoon at noon and 1pm on the design process of creating a brewery in a historic industrial building. Refreshments for sale and musical entertainment on the brewery’s patio.

Photography permitted: Yes  tripod: YesFilming permitted: Yes   tripod: Yes

Getting there: Click here for map.

TTC (nearest station) Union Station via the Sky Walk to MTCC south Bus/streetcar: Spadina & Bremner or Queens Quay/Harbourfront

Visit their web site: (None available)

Accessibility: Full   Washrooms: Yes   Parking: Paid   Highlights: Green   


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