A castle in Toronto: Casa Loma

Casa Loma was built as a residence for the eccentric financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. His dream to live in a castle was destroyed by the exorbitant expenses of maintaining the largest private residence Canada had ever seen. The construction started in 1911. Three year later, $3.5 million had been spend and it wasn’t finished yet. When the World War I started Sir Henry Mill Pellatt left to fight. The construction was halted. When the war was finally over, a economic depression followed. Pellatt was forced to gave up his home. Casa Loma was never finished. Sadly he enjoyed less than 10 years in his castle.

The Casa Loma is now a museum and landmark. It offers self-guided tours around the castle. The tour in Casa Loma starts downstairs. After picking up the audio guide at the souvenir shop I start to explore the house. In front of the souvenir shop, posters of the movies filmed in the house hang in the wall. Passing the wine cellar I walk through the dark underground tunnel that connects the main building to the carriage room, potting shed and stables. In the potting shed beautiful flowers share the space with herbs and other plants. Continuing to the carriage room, I find a impressive vintage car collection from the early 1900s.

Going back through the same tunnel I head back to the main building. I take the stairs to the main floor and find myself in the great hall. There are flags hanging in the high ceilings, huge chandeliers and a medieval armor on display. There’s a piano in one corner of the room and a white pipe organ in other corner.

Crossing the library and the dinning room I arrive at the beautiful conservatory with marble floor and ornate glass ceiling. Going back through the Peacock Alley passageway I visit the other rooms in the main floor: the Oak Room (the most decorated room in the house), Sir Henry Pellat’s Study, the Smoking Room and the Billiard Room.

Great Hall in Casa Loma

The Great Hall

Pipe organ in Casa Loma

Pipe organ

Casa Loma

The Conservatory

Casa Loma

The Conservatory

Peacock Alley in Casa Loma

Peacock Alley

Oak Room in Casa Loma

Oak Room

Smoking Room in Casa Loma

Smoking Room

The bedrooms are located in the second floor. There’s Sir Henry Pellatt’s suite and bathroom, Lady Pellatt’s suite and bathroom, the guest suite, the Windsor Room and the Round Room.

Lady Pellatt's Suite in Casa Loma

Lady Pellatt’s Suite

Lady Pellatt's Suite in Casa Loma

Lady Pellatt’s Suite

Lady Pellatt's Suite in Casa Loma

Lady Pellatt’s Suite

Sir Henry Pellatt's Suite in Casa Loma

Sir Henry Pellatt’s Suite

Windsor Room in Casa Loma

Windsor Room

Round Room in Casa Loma

Round Room

Guest Suite in Casa Loma

Guest Suite

On the third floor there’s the Queen’s Own Rifles Museum and the stairs to the Towers.

View from the tower in Casa Loma

View from the tower

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