Casa Loma

Casa Loma is an impressive mansion that was constructed in Toronto between 1911 and 1914. It is now one of the many Toronto museums and a popular attraction for both domestic and international tourists visiting the city. Construction of the Casa Loma Castle in Toronto was commissioned by Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, who recruited a talented Canadian architect named E.J. Lennox to carry out the work. The advent of WWI temporarily put a halt to the construction of the residence, which was ultimately completed in 1914.

Everything is impressive about this construct in Toronto, from the stunning Casa Loma library to the very grounds on which the house sits, making this one of the most unique things to do in Toronto. The five acres of perfectly manicured land is the setting for not just the mansion itself, but also a carriage house, stables, towers, and a number of gardens, fountains, and other outdoor landscaping. You can choose to take a tour of Casa Loma with a group or enjoy a self-guided, digital tour that is offered in any one of eight different languages, including German, Spanish, French, and Korean, just to name a few. The cost to see perhaps the most impressive one-time residence in all of Toronto is $24 for adults, $18 for youth (14-17 years old) & seniors (60+), and $14 for children aged 4-13. The open hours are 9:30am-5pm daily. At the time it was constructed it only cost $3 million, a seemingly small amount considering the scope of the building project, but a monumental number for the day that reflects the complex layout and castle-like style of this huge mansion.

At the turn of the century, it was almost unheard of for a private residence to have such features as an elevator and a large oven. Casa Loma features an 800-foot tunnel, three (unfinished) bowling alleys, two passages for pipe organs, a central vacuum system, several secret passages, and other such conventions that were just not seen anywhere else at the time. In this way, Casa Loma was certainly ahead of its time in terms of amenities and contemporary accommodations at the residence. Sir Henry Mill Pellatt had intended the Royal Family to stay in the elaborate guest quarters and even the servant’s lodging quarters are impressive when viewed in terms of the quality of construction of the day.

The main floor also exhibits the Great Hall of the castle, Sir Henry’s study, the library, the billiards room, and other areas that you will not want to miss seeing, and that is just the first floor. As you move upward through Casa Loma Castle in Toronto the stairways to the various towers, Lady Henry’s dressing quarters, a gift shop, swimming pool, and the tunnel to the hunting lodge and stables. The intricate design and complex layout of the structure are attractions in and of themselves for people who appreciate architecture and design. If you want to have your big day in historic style, setting up a Casa Loma wedding is as easy as contacting the event planners affiliated with the castle. This popular attraction in Toronto is a must-see and is one of the single most impressive buildings in Ontario.

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