The Seagram Museum
was the city's final operational remnant of the world-renowned distillery founded by Waterloo entrepreneur Joseph E. Seagram
in the mid-19th century.
The museum operated from May 1984 to March 1997. Designed by architect Barton Myers
, it was built at a cost of $4.75 million and its entrance was a renovated late-19th century rack warehouse from the Seagram plant. It had a variety of exhibits illustrating everyday life in the liquor distillery in the late 19th and early 20th century.Seagram
closed its Waterloo plant in 1992, and the museum continued to operate for another five years. It narrowly escaped a fire in 1993 that destroyed the building next to it.
The City of Waterloo purchased the Seagram property for $4 million in the fall of 1997. The museum donated its archives to the University of Waterloo
. Two former barrelhouses on the site were converted into condominiums
while the museum became an office building, leased to software company Waterloo Maple
. The company moved into the renovated building in June 1998.
In July 2002, the city sold the building to the Centre for International Governance Innovation
(CIGI) for $2.5 million. In September 2003, Waterloo Maple left the building and CIGI moved in. As of 2010 it also houses Project Ploughshares
. The building is located at 57 Erb Street West in Waterloo.
The Museum was affiliated with: CMA
, and Virtual Museum of Canada