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Showpiece, or kitsch folly, still amazing
Some love it, others dismiss it as a kitsch folly. Either way, Casa Loma is a sight to behold, with its corbeled towers and battlements. Late 19th Century magnate Sir Henry Pellatt enlisted architect EJ Lennox to build this medieval-style castle with a stunning view of the city below.
It was finished in 1914, but Pellatt hit hard times a decade later and had to move out; the house opened as a tourist attraction in 1937. Inside, the high ceilings and wide open rooms feel oddly empty, despite the many displays from the heyday of the ‘House on the Hill’. Check out the dome in the conservatory, which is made with Italian glass, cut and stained into images of grapes and trellises.
Pendulous lights hang down from the dome, resembling bunches of grapes. The house also has a bona fide secret passage to the stables, which were carried out on an equally grand scale and are included in the price of admission.
The gardens at the back of the building are lovely, dark, and steep, with fountains, waterfalls and woodsy pools. Ring the bells on the dragon sculpture in the so-called Secret Garden. If you’re pure of heart, legend has it, the dragons will come to life
1 Austin Terrace,Toronto, Ontario, Toronto
Phone: 416 923 1171
Open Hours: 9.30am-5pm daily. Last entry 4pm.
Price: Cost money