Casa Loma, Toronto
During the Depression, Toronto increased Casa Loma's annual property taxes from $400 to $1,200, and Pellatt—already experiencing financial difficulties—was forced to auction off $1.5-million in art and furnishings for only $250,000 during bankruptcy hearings. Sir Henry was able to enjoy life in the "castle" for only ten years, vacating it in 1923. Pellatt also operated the building for a short time as a luxury hotel. During the late 1920s Casa Loma was also a popular nightspot. The Orange Blossoms, later known as Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, played there for eight months in 1927–1928. Shortly thereafter, they went on tour of North America and became a major Swing Era dance band.
Fondest memory: The city seized Casa Loma in 1933 for $27,303 in back taxes.
In 1937 it was opened to the public for the first time as a tourist attraction operated by the Kiwanis Club of Toronto. Today it is regarded as one of Toronto's premier tourist attractions, still profitably operated by the Kiwanis.
Parts of the movie X-Men were shot at Casa Loma, which stood in for Professor Xavier's school for gifted mutants. The castle was also the setting for Canadian children's author Eric Wilson's murder mystery, "The Lost Treasure of Casa Loma".
Casa Loma, meaning "House on the Hill" is a Toronto tourist attraction. It was once the home of financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. It is on Austin Terrace, at the south end of Spadina Road on an escarpment above Davenport Road. Davenport runs along the bottom of the escarpment which was the shoreline of Lake Iroquois, the predecessor of Lake Ontario. Casa Loma has a superb view down the escarpment and Spadina Avenue into the heart of Toronto.
Fondest memory: Sir Henry commissioned Canadian architect E.J. Lennox to build Casa Loma. Construction began in 1911, starting with the massive stables a few hundred feet north of the main building. The stables were used as a construction site for the mansion, some of the machinery still remaining in the rooms under the stables. The house cost $3.5 million, and took a team of 300 workers three years to build from start to finish. Upon completion in 1914, at 98 rooms, it was the largest private residence in Canada. Notable amenities included an elevator, an oven large enough to cook a steer, two vertical passages for pipe organs, two secret passages in Sir Henry's ground-floor office and three bowling alleys. Many of the rooms were left unfinished, and today serve as a small museum for the Queen's Own Rifles, which Pellat supported.
Visit Casa Loma. 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, Ontario
Also good for those who interested in architecture and decorative arts. Magnificent garden!
Fondest memory: Well organized tour inside and outside of Casa Loma built in 1911.
Casa Loma is Canada's foremost castle. It has secret passages, an 800 foot tunnel, towers, stables, and gardens. It was built by Sir Henry Pellatt to fulfill a childhood dream. It took 3 years and 3.5 million dollars to complete it.
It is open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Fondest memory: Casa Loma is located at 1 Austin Terrace
See the Casa Loma built by a milliardaire, Sir Henry Pellat, to make true his boyhood dream to have a medieval castle.
Fondest memory: Open : 9:30AM to 5PM.