Late this afternoon we had about an hour to visit Casa Loma, the former estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, a prominent Toronto financier, industrialist and military man. He engaged architect E. J. Lennox to create his "medieval" castle on the brow of a hill overlooking Toronto. The view is partially obscured now by other buildings and trees.
It took 300 men nearly three years beginning in 1911 to complete it and it cost $3,500,000 at that time. The 98-room castle of 30,000 square feet features unique architecture, rich wood carving, extravagant marble, secret passages and an 800-foot tunnel to the stables. Even the horses' stalls had hardwood flooring! I wonder if that changed the horses' behavior? He and his wife, Lady Mary, had lived in it less than ten years when financial misfortune forced them to leave it. It is now owned by the City of Toronto and has been operated by the Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma since 1937. (www.casaloma.org)
I had only enough time to visit two floors in the castle. I snapped a lot of pictures so I could see later what I had missed due to the poor vision problem.