This beautiful Edwardian castle was the former home of Sir Henry and Lady Mary Pellatt. He engaged the architect E>J> Lennox to build him a castle which had influences of English, Scottish and German castles that Sir Henry had seen on his travels. It took 3 years to complete and cost $3,500,000 at the time. He let E.J. Lennox build a beautiful mansion just across the road from Casa Loma with the left over materials.
Castle Casa Loma: A fairy-tale Scottish castle in the middle of Toronto.
The castle is located on a hill with extensive gardens. You have to climb the Baldwin Steps (110 steps) to get a nice view of the castle and downtown Toronto.
Casa Loma is Toronto's most prominent historic residence, bringing European elegance & high end living under one roof. Though it is nothing compared to any palace or castle in Europe, it is considered Toronto's prime estate. Casa Loma is complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables, and beautiful 5-acre estate gardens. I somewhat detest the lack of colours (looks like a medieval residence), the lack of natural light & the choice of design within the interior of the building, but I guess that is what Torontonians preferred back then.
The outdoor architecture & landscaping is very beautiful, and it is set in a hilly area (very rare in Toronto), so the setting is very magical. The garden is a great place to relax and enjoy the flowers and fountain. The terrace offers a panoramic view of the residence grounds. Casa Loma was designed by E.J. Lennox. The castle was built with 300 men in 3 years, costing over three and a half million dollars (in 1914).
Highlights within Casa Loma include:
i) Great Hall: This is the main point of the castle. Notice the carefully crafted sculptures.
ii) The Conservatory: The floor marble is Italian but the side panels are of Ontario marble. In winter, steam pipes keep the flowers healthy.
iii) Peacock Alley: This passageway was modelled after a passageway in Windsor Castle.
iv) Sir Henry's Study: On either sides of the fireplace are secret doors.
Casa Loma was the dream home of a Toronto financier, industrialist & military man...Sir. Henry Pallett. Though he was one of Toronto's elite, he died a poor man : (
Casa Loma is open daily 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Last admission : 4:00 p.m.)
Casa Loma is now operated by Kiwanis Club Toronto.
Casa Loma is the former estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, a prominent Toronto Financiar, Industrialist and Military man.
Sir Henry engaged the architect E.J. Lennox to help him realise a life-long dream - the creation of a "medieval" castle on the brow of a hill overlooking Toronto.
Begun in 1911, it took 300 men nearly 3 years to complete, and cost $3,500,000 at that time.
Sir Henry enjoyed Casa Loma for less than ten years before financial misfortune forced him to abandon his castle home.
Casa Loma is owned by the City of Toronto and has been operated by the Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma since 1937.
Photo Joan Johnson
Casa Loma is the former estate of Sir Henry Pellatt, Toronto financier, industrialist, and miltary man. The castle was designed by architect E. J. Lennox who also designed Toronto's Old City Hall. Plans for the castle were drawn up in 1911. The castle took three years to complete at a cost of 3.5 million dollars. The castle is beautiful inside and out. Be sure to allow enough time to thoroughly tour the grounds. The gardens are lovely. Where comfortable shoes and cool clothing in the summer. Touring the castle and especially the turrets can be a real workout! There is a cafeteria in the basement if you need a bite to eat.
Sir Henry Pellatt, the dreamer behind Toronto's famous landmark, Casa Loma, was born in Kingston, Ontario on January 6, 1859 to British parents. Ambitious from his youth, Sir Henry left his studies at Upper Canada College when he was seventeen to pursue a career in commerce in the family business. By the age of 23 he became a full partner in his father's stock brokerage firm, from that time on known as Pellatt and Pellatt. That year was also marked by his marriage to Mary Dodgeson, whom he met when he was twenty.
Don't forget to see Toronto's castle - Casa Loma. Sir Henry Pellatt built this in hopes it would be where the British Royal Family would stay when they were in Toronto.
It sits on top of a hill, giving a beautiful view of downtown Toronto.
Casa Loma has made appearances in a number of tv shows and movies, and was home to the Antiques Roadshow a year ago or so.
It is a popular place for wedding, and banquets. I can remember as a very young child that it was all decorated up as a fairy wonderland at Christmas. Magical for a little girl.
CASA LOMA is a medieval castle, the former estate of industrialist and financier Sir Henry Pellatt. In this castle, you can find hidden secret passageways, underground tunnels leading to the stables, towers overlooking Toronto, and explore its acred garden.
The castle is vast and the rooms magnificent. Visit the billiards room, the library, the bedrooms suites, and the Great Hall with its 60 ft ceiling! The castle has 3 floors so it will keep you busy!
Tours are self-guided and available in 8 languages. An admission discount is available and can be sent to you before your trip to the castle. Go to the website for more information.
it's a big house (some say it's a castle) built around 1911 on Spadina Ave. There are many rooms to roam thru, secret passages, wine cellars, stables, funky architecture...and from the turrets, you get a nice view of downtown Toronto. Definitely a must see. $10 for adult admission.
Former estate of Canadian financier, Sir Henry Pellatt. Castle complete with decorated suites, towers, 800-foot tunnel and stables. Open daily for tours. Gardens open May-October.
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Check out Casa Loma,it was very interesting and beautiful. Toronto is a clean city that welcomes you in with open arms! Getting around was pretty easy on the subway! It was an experience!
Like I said it was CLEAN ,compared to other big cities I've been too.
Visit Casa Loma. This beautiful castle was once a private home, but fell into disrepair when the family went bankrupt. It has since been renovated and made into the beautiful tourist attraction it is today.
For anyone who likes castles or architecture, this is the place to go. I wandered around trying to imagine what it would would have been like to live there. The rooms are beautiful, and there is a self guided audio tour. Dont forget to climb up the spiral staircases to the turretts for great views of Toronto.