Project: The Gooderham Project UPDATED: May 1, 2017

EnvisionTO is developing The Gooderham Project for The Canada 150 and I recently joined the team. Projects like these are really fun. I have been gathering research on the distillery district in downtown Toronto with the goal of recreating the area as it was in 1867, the date of Canada's federation. We are aiming to create a VR experience where users can immerse themselves in the district as it was 150 years ago. The experience will be available online but it will be most impactful when viewed from within the distillery district itself because users will be able to make direct comparisons from where they stand. 

Preliminary peek through an EnvisionTO time portal to 1867.

Preliminary peek through an EnvisionTO time portal to 1867.


Distillery Horse Wagon

An example of a distillery district artifact that will be brought back to life

An example of a distillery district artifact that will be brought back to life

Barrels of good ole Canadian rye! 

Barrels of good ole Canadian rye! 

Some cursory textures

Some cursory textures

Added a horse yoke. Yokes because less common because they put too much pressure on a horse's windpipe. The horse collar became the standard replacement. Working in 3D is so fun because you are constantly learning little facts like these when you build new stuff. 

Added a horse yoke. Yokes because less common because they put too much pressure on a horse's windpipe. The horse collar became the standard replacement. Working in 3D is so fun because you are constantly learning little facts like these when you build new stuff. 


Locomotive puzzle

The first piece I modelled with a Grand Trunk Railway locomotive. I had a number of photographs to work off of and a single side view elevation photo which I followed to get the main proportions correct. I quickly ran into a problem with the spacing of the wheels. If I made them as big as they were drawn in the elevation photo, they would cut into the body of the locomotive itself, yet all the photos supported the indicated wheel size. It made no sense. 

The wheel intersects the locomotive's boiler

The wheel intersects the locomotive's boiler

The problem was that I was scaling my train to fit standard gauge train tracks but in 1851, after a Royal Commission, the broad gauge called the Provincial gauge or the Indian gauge was adopted by the province of Canada. Today we use the standard gauge in Canada but broad gauges were used by Grand Trunk until 1873. Hello! These dates straddle the dates of my GTR locomotive! I adjust the gauge reference and Walla! the wheels fit.  

Wheel in the clear!

Wheel in the clear!


Distillery Hand Cart

Adding some texture

Adding some texture


This project is still in its early stages, so most parts are lacking textures and proper lighting. I will continue to update this post as more items develop.