Casa Loma

My first stop in Toronto was at Casa Loma, the castle estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, a Toronto financier and industrialist. It was completed by architect E. J. Lennox in 1914 and cost $3.5 million at that time. I can only imagine what it would cost today. Pellatt lived in the house for 10 years until he went bankrupt.

Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Casa Loma

Casa Loma has 98 rooms with 64,700 ft². After being used as a luxury hotel, a popular nightclub for Americans during Prohibition, and a secret government research center during World War II, the city of Toronto completed a 15 year long restoration project in 2012.

Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Casa Loma

Adult admission to Casa Loma costs CAD$25 (as of September 2016). An audioguide is included in the admission price. If driving, there’s a paid parking lot for a flat fee of CAD$10.

Entrance at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Entrance

I started my tour of the mansion on the main floor. The first room I entered was the Great Hall. It features a 60′ high ceiling and a Wurlitzer organ.

Great Hall at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Great Hall

Great Hall at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Great Hall

Attached is the Oak Room, which served as Sir Pellatt’s study. Along with the fine furnishings, there are secret doors on both sides of the fireplace. They’re hidden with mahogany panels.

Oak Room at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Oak Room

Oak Room at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Oak Room

From there, I visited the Library, Dining Room, and Conservatory. The Library features Sir Pellatt’s coat of arms on the ceiling while the Conservatory was fitted with steam pipes to keep flower beds warm in the winter.

Library at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Library

Conservatory at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Conservatory

Conservatory at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Conservatory

The Serving Room was used as a breakfast room. It contains original furniture owned by Sir Pellatt.

Serving Room at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Serving Room

From there, I went up to the second floor. I was able to see the main living quarters of the Pellatts, starting with one of the guest rooms and followed by Lady Pellatt’s Suite.

Guest room at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Guest room

Lady Pellatt's Suite at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Lady Pellatt’s Suite

Lady Pellatt's Suite at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Lady Pellatt’s Suite

Sir Pellatt’s Suite had a secret storage area next to the fireplace to hide important documents. His attached bathroom has a shower fitted with six tapes controlling three levels of pipes to completely cover the body with water.

Sir Pellatt's Suite at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sir Pellatt’s Suite

Bathroom at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bathroom

Shower at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Shower

There are two more rooms on the second floor. The first is the Round Room, which fits in the space under the tower. The second is the Windsor Room, in which Sir Pellatt had hoped to host the Royal Family one day.

Round Room at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Round Room

Windsor Room at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Windsor Room

Before heading up to the third floor, I popped into the Pellatt Board Room.

Pellatt Board Room at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Pellatt Board Room

The third floor is largely unfinished. There’s a typical servant’s room and the Queen’s Own Rifles Museum, which was originally located in Calgary. It was moved to Casa Loma because Sir Pellatt served in the Queen’s Own Rifles regiment in the 1870s and was knighted for his service in 1905.

Servant's room at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Servant’s room

Queen's Own Rifles Museum at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Queen’s Own Rifles Museum

Queen's Own Rifles Museum at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Queen’s Own Rifles Museum

The third floor also provides access to the towers, from which there are good views of the Toronto skyline and CN Tower.

View from the tower at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

View from the tower

View from the tower at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

View from the tower

The garden takes up five acres and features several perennial flowers, fountains, and sculptures.

Garden at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Garden

Garden at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Garden

Garden at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Garden

In the lower level of the house, there’s a gift shop, a café, and a tunnel leading to the stables, potting shed, and a garage filled with antique cars.

Stables at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Stables

Stables at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Stables

Potting Shed at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Potting Shed

Garage at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Garage

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