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Casa Loma: The Historically Secret Breathtaking Private Residence


Casa Loma: The Historically Secret Breathtaking Private Residence

The majestic Casa Loma is one of the most distinctive landmarks in Toronto. More than 350,000 tourists pass through the hall annually, wondering at the mesmerizing beauty and elegance of a bygone era.


The fanciful gothic structure along with its fascinating history and haunted stories has made this once a grand home a breathtaking destination for visitors who are eager to taste the life Canada offered a hundred years ago.


History:

Built between 1911 and 1914 atop Davenport Hill overlooking downtown Toronto, the Casa Loma, the Spanish name for Hill House was designed by architect E.J. Lennox on the order of his owner, financier Sir Henry Pellatt.


Pellatt was the founder of the Toronto Electric Light Company, built-in 1833 and then the chairman of twenty-one companies by the turn of the 20th century, he built the first hydrogenating plant at the Niagara Falls.


The construction of the house took about three years spending about $3.5 million. It was the largest home after completion of the entire continent of North America.


Pellatt gathered artwork around the world for decorating Casa Loma and the large rooms of the castle accommodated the Pellatt’s busy social calendar and grand parties.


Unfortunately, the Pellatts made some bad financial decisions, sunk deeply into debt and eventually been declared bankrupt. However, the house was abandoned in 1924 and the Pellatts moved to their country home.


After this, Casa Loma became one of the most popular nightspots. In 1937, the property was purchased by the city and the Toronto Kiwanis Club volunteered its operations since then, before which this private residence served as a hotel.


Covering an area of five acres the architecture of Casa Loma indicates the lavishing styles similar to the castles built during the Edwardian era. The Grand Hall of the castle has been decorated artistically with 6o feet ceilings and sculpted figurines adorning the beautiful pillars.


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Architecture:

The floorings and walls have been beautifully decorated with the marbles from Italy and Ontario respectively. The castle also has a library that is boasted with lovely herringbone-patterned oak floorings with Pellatts’ coat of arms emblazoned on the ceiling.