The Magnificent History Of Casa Loma

Posted by Lauren Parker on Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 9:41am.

Casa Loma

Perched atop a hill in Midtown Toronto, Casa Loma draws thousands of visitors each year who look up and proclaim, "It’s a castle in the middle of the city!" The stunning landmark was built by Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt to fulfill his childhood dream of owning a castle.

Kingston-born financier Sir Henry Pellatt commissioned architect E.J. Lennox in 1911 to build what would become the largest private residence in Canada upon completion three years later. Pellatt, with significant business interests in rail, electricity, land and insurance used his vast wealth to build the castle at a cost of $3.5 million. Following financial difficulties several years later, Pellatt auctioned off many of his possessions and left his dream castle.

In the following years Casa Loma had a short stint as a luxury hotel but was once again left vacant when expansion plans fell through. Finally, in 1937, the Kiwanis Club of West Toronto suggested turning Casa Loma into a tourist attraction. Today, Casa Loma is owned by the city and is considered one of the top Toronto attractions and "must see" activities for visitors.

Casa Loma Toronto The Neighbourhood Of Casa Loma, Toronto

This castle is nestled in amongst beautiful, tree-canopied streets of estate homes. Toronto's Casa Loma neighbourhood is worth viewing if you seek elegant real estate with convenient accesibility to downtown.

It may appear anachronistic now, but Casa Loma hasn’t lost its majestic charm. Secret passageways, breathtaking towers, sweeping staircases, an 800-foot tunnel, stables and gardens are just some of what this magical piece of Toronto’s history has to offer.

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Explore the secrets, elaborately decorated rooms with authentic period furnishings or take in the breathtaking view of Toronto from one of the towers. The five acres of lush flora surrounding the castle showcase ornate sculptures and fountains as well as meticulously tended displays of perennials and a wooded hillside filled with wildflowers and decorative grasses.

The stables and carriage house are connected to Casa Loma by an 800-ft. tunnel which runs 18ft below Austin Terrace, in Central Toronto. Casa Loma's unique tunnel features an exhibit of Toronto’s Dark Side, which tells the story in archival photographs of Toronto’s darker days such as Prohibition, The Depression, The Plague, The Great Toronto Fire, and Toronto’s first plane crash. The carriage house features an Automotive Exhibit featuring vintage automobiles from the early 1900s.

Do you want to know more about Toronto's great attractions or more about the neighbourhoods in this city, like Casa Loma? Are you an out of state purchaser, or thinking about buying your first property? Let Lauren know, she's an expert in the local market! Send an email or call: 416-441-2888 ext 634.

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