I recently had the opportunity to visit Casa Loma in Toronto with one of my closest friends. Since she’s also a photographer, you can bet we had a great time, and stayed until we were kicked out! (It was closing time, we didn’t break any valuables, no need to worry).
The dreamer behind Casa Loma, Henry Pellatt, began construction in 1911 and finished in 1914. When finished, it was quite ahead of it’s time. Fitted with electricity and telephones, it is said that more calls were made in Casa Loma than were done in the whole of Toronto during it’s prime.
Casa Loma is really quite grand compared to homes you typically see in Toronto. Fun fact: it’s not actually a castle, but just a grand house – Mr. Pellatt’s dream home! Unfortunately, Mr. Pellatt’s finances were hit hard and he had to hand over his dream home to the city of Toronto in 1924 to balance what he owed in taxes. After it’s surrender, it was boarded up and abandoned, and was nearly torn down. For many years due to it’s unique features it was once considered an eye sore.
Here are some photos from our trip to Casa Loma. Let’s appreciate that it’s still standing for us to marvel at.
If you want to know more about Casa Loma, or to visit the home yourself, check out their website!
All photos of me were taken by my friend Celine! If you’re in the Toronto area and looking for a wedding photographer, let me know! I’ll pass along her info 😉