Casa Loma: Toronto’s Castle in the City
Casa Loma is an enormous castle in the middle of Toronto, complete with stables, turrets, a shooting gallery, 3 bowling alleys, secret passageways, 98 rooms, 25 fireplaces, and 15 bathrooms. Built from 1911 to 1914, Casa Loma was intended as financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt’s residence though he and his wife only lived there for 10 years. Now open to the public, Casa Loma is a popular spot for weddings, parties, and the set for many movies. Can you guess which movies filmed in Casa Loma are shown in the images here? Find out the answer and learn more about the castle below the jump…
The movies filmed at Casa Loma and shown here are “X-Men” (the interior for school for gifted children) and “Chicago.” Our favorite room in Casa Loma is the Conservatory, which has steam pipes to keep the flowers warm in the winter. The marble is from Ontario, of course.
Sir Henry Mill Pellatt went bankrupt in the depression, was forced to auction off art and furniture, and later vacated his castle in 1923. Casa Loma was then used as a hotel, a nightclub, and later a homeless shelter. The city of Toronto seized Casa Loma in 1933 for back taxes and in 1937 leased it to the Kiwanis Club of Toronto (now the Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma) for $1 and a promise to restore the castle to its former condition. The Kiwanis Club still runs the castle today.
Have you been to Casa Loma?
More Info on Casa Loma:
• Casa Loma is open daily from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
• the book Casa Loma: Toronto’s Fairy-Tale Castle and Its Owner, Sir Henry Pellatt by Bill Freeman
• Casa Loma on wikipedia
• Casa Loma even has its own facebook page (you can become a fan!)
(Images: Casa Loma)