|The exterior of Casa Loma was also the exterior of the X-Mansion|
I have been itching to post for days, but I have honestly not had a free moment this past week. The good part is, that my parents are here visiting which means that I have TONS of things to post about.
Even though I am most interested in anything artsy, historic, etc, I really wanted to go to the shoe museum because Casa Loma was just another one of those mini-castle mansion places that have been turned into a museum, and quite frankly they all look the same and I have been to quite a number all over the world. In fact, there was one in Montreal called "Club Mount Stephen" where we used have brunch while this chick played a harp, so while not opposed, I was not particularly enthused about going to Casa Loma....
That was until we were waiting in line to pick up our audio tour devices, and I saw that a whole bunch of movies had been filmed there. And that is when I realized where I was: I was at the freakin' X Mansion (or parts of it)!! I swear, I almost peed my pants (or my dress for that matter). My outlook was completely different after this discovery.
|I am wearing a Victoria's Secret Maxi dress with a blue flower/ paisley pattern. My dad is wearing a suit as always... and the Bally Shoes...|
The pictures below of the Casa Loma X-corridor and conservatory I borrowed from the net, because the ones I took look really dark and do not do the place justice:
|corridor main floor|
|conservatory main floor (I believe this is where class took place...)|
So here are some of the best pictures I managed to take along with a little history.
Casa Loma was built in 1911 by Financier Sir Henry Pellatt. Sir Henry is most famous for bringing hydro-electricity to Toronto and for his mansion of course.
It cost him $3.5 million dollars at the time. The mansion was built on 25 lots of land and and has 98 rooms (it's hunting lodge alone measures 4300 square feet).
Garage, Stables & Potting Shed
The garage, stables and potting shed are actually on the other side of the street. Sir Henry Pellatt had a 224 meter tunnel built 5.5 meters under ground so that he did not have to actually cross the street in the winter and/or be bothered be people :p
|potting shed & an old school lawn mower...|
The Main Floor
Other than the rooms pictured, the first floor also had a smoking room, a library, a study (with a secret passage to the wine cellar and the second floor), a ball room, a billiard (or pool) room, kitchen, a food preparation room (which had a specific name which I cannot recall at the moment), the conservatory (most beautiful room of the entire house) and access to the gardens and pool.
|Sir Henry's room|
|Sir Henry's bathroom (separate from lady Pallett's bathroom)|
|Sir Henry's drawing room|
|Lady Pallett's room|
|Lady Pallett's drawing room part I|
|Lady Pallets drawing room part II|
Lady Pallets closet and some early 20th century fashion
|Other than Financier Sir Henry was also a well known soldier. In 1910 Sir Henry took a 600 man regiment and their horses at his expense to England for military training.|
|Mary Dodgson a.k.a. Lady Pellatt was the first chief commissioner of the The Girl Guides of Canada.|
The third floor and Tower
If you are ever around the Toronto area this is a fun place to go and visit. Also, this is the ONLY place I have been to in Canada that is wedding appropriate. I am sure there are tons of places that I have not seen. But this one has gardens and rooms that would blow your mind for a wedding. For more info you can visit the Casa Loma website.