History of Casa LomaSir Henry Pellatt, one of Canada's most influential financiers had a boyhood dream to create the perfect castle for himself and his family in Toronto. He set about designing the home and construction began in 1911. It took over three years and $3.5 million to finally produce what many believe to be Canada’s most romantic and majestic creations – Casa Loma. Three hundred men were involved in the construction of the castle, each of who was interviewed personally by Sir Henry himself. Sir Henry Pellatt’s intention was to leave the castle as a military and historical museum upon his death, and for that reason the main floor and basements were constructed to house and support the heaviest of equipment. The Pellatts did not live in the castle very long. This was over and above the salaries of 40 permanent staff members who were needed to maintain the castle. In 1923, Sir Pellatt’s businesses began to collapse and his wife died from a heart attack soon afterwards.
Casa Loma – the InteriorCasa Loma is made up of stunning rooms, impressive towers, decorated suites, an 800-foot tunnel and even a secret passage! Visitors can only stand in awe of the magnificence of this castle/family home and appreciate the hard work put in to build it. Some of the many attractions of Casa Loma include: The Library: Characterized by a 40 foot glass case and over 700 panes of glass as well as a 70 foot high beamed ceiling. It could house 10,000 volumes and features a ceiling where the family’s coat of arms is prominently displayed. Sir Henry’s Study: A study with different panels that allowed the master of the home to disappear into secret tunnels and make his way into the wine cellar or second floor. Sir Henry’s Bedroom: A massive 60 x 40 foot suite in paneled mahogany and all the luxury one could imagine. Lady Pellatt’s Suite: A 3000 square foot suite incorporating several rooms, including a solarium. The Conservatory: A stunning construction created to house exotic plants, including a stained glass dome that cost $12,000 to build. The Round Room: Located inside a tower, hence its name, this room was used for informal gatherings.
Casa Loma – the ExteriorIt took at least two full time gardeners to tend to the 5 acre estate grounds and the stunning array of plants that were ordered by Sir Henry, himself an avid horticulturalist. Visitors can tour the gardens between May and October. One of the features of the gardens include The Terrace which is a delightful stretch of paving accessed from the library or great hall, offering stunning views of the garden and the city beyond. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
Visiting Casa LomaThere is no argument that Casa Loma is a majestic, breathtaking construction, built with the clear intention of catering to the dreams and whim of one very influential Canadian. Today, Casa Loma is open to the public who can enjoy self-guided audio tours in eight languages and see the grandeur of this castle up close.
Location: 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5R 1X8
Click here to visit Casa Loma official website.Published On: 2018-09-17
Updated On: 2019-03-29
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