Located just north of downtown Toronto, Casa Loma is a house museum with a rich history. This Gothic Revival landmark has dozens of rooms, a stable and beautiful gardens in an urban setting. Visitors will get a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle of a local financier who built the castle for private use.
One of Toronto’s wealthiest industrialists in the early 20th century, Sir Henry Pellatt built Casa Loma as his private residence. Considered one of the city’s best architects, E.J. Lennox designed the castle in the Gothic Revival form. It took three years to build this elegant mansion that was a symbol of Pellatt’s wealth and power.
Having nearly 100 rooms and sprawling gardens, the dwelling has been one of Canada’s most prominent residential landmarks. The Kiwanis Club managed the castle for nearly eight decades. In 2011, the city of Toronto acquired the building and invested more than $33 million for renovations.
Tours and Highlights
The terrace and gardens lead visitors to the Great Hall on the first level of Casa Loma. Having 60-foot ceilings with a vaulted design, this elegant hall is connected to the Library that has stunning oak woodwork for decorative and functional purposes. Once used by the original owner, Henry’s Study is located just across the classic-style library.
Some other notable features on the main floor of the castle include the Billiards Room and Serving Room. Covered in mahogany walnut, the walls of Sir Pellatt’s Suite are some of the most notable design highlights on the second level. The Guest Suite, Windsor Room and Round Room are also open for tours. The third floor of Casa Loma hosts museum-like exhibitions that are affiliated with the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada.
The Stables and Potting Sheds also highlight the lavish lifestyle of Sir Henry Pellatt and his social circle. A garage with vintage cars is integrated into this complex. Additional highlights include the Carriage Room and Hunting Lodge. Of course, visitors are also encouraged to stroll the beautiful gardens that are maintained according to traditional European standards.
On-site dining is available at the Liberty Caffe, which serves light fare ranging from coffee to sandwiches. Selling books, toys, jewelry and other souvenirs, a gift shop is conveniently located near the modern eatery.
Location and Directions
Standing on scenic urban hills at the corner of Austin Terrace and Baldwin Steps, Casa Loma is easily accessible by public transit. The Dupont and St. Clair West stations of the TTC Subway are located just a few blocks away from this historic landmark. TTC streetcars also stop within walking distance of this charming property.
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