Casa Loma: Canada's Fairy-Tale Castle and Its Owner, Sir Henry Pellatt

by Bill Freeman
Photographed by Vincenzo Pietropaolo

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers | June 29, 1999 | Trade Paperback

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This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Casa Loma, Toronto's most famous historic site, and its owner, Sir Henry Pellatt.

Born in 1859, Pellatt was a fascinating figure: a romantic whose interest in architecture inspired the medieval-style castle that is now a Toronto landmark. Casa Loma took 300 men three years to build at a cost of $3.5 million. Completed in 1914, the castle was enjoyed by Pellatt for only ten years before bankruptcy forced it from his hands. Today, Casa Loma is owned by the City of Toronto and operated by the Kiwanis Club.

Novelist and historian Bill Freeman tells the story of Pellatt's life and takes readers on a tour that covers every significant room in this dramatic hillside castle. The text is illustrated with full-colour contemporary photographs as well as fascinating archival material.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 72 pages, 9 × 8.25 × 0.25 in

Published: June 29, 1999

Publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1550286455

ISBN - 13: 9781550286458

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Casa Loma: Canada's Fairy-Tale Castle and Its Owner, Sir Henry Pellatt

Casa Loma: Canada's Fairy-Tale Castle and Its Owner, Sir Henry Pellatt

by Bill Freeman
Photographed by Vincenzo Pietropaolo

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 72 pages, 9 × 8.25 × 0.25 in

Published: June 29, 1999

Publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1550286455

ISBN - 13: 9781550286458

Table of Contents

Contents

Photo Credits

Acknowledgements

Floor Plans

1. Walking Tour

2. From Poverty to Prosperity

Early Toronto Days
Young Man in a Hurry
Rifleman Pellat
Pellatt the Plunger

3. Pellatt the Promoter

The Finance Capitalist
From Prosperity to Wealth
Electric Power for the People

4. The Business of Soldiering

Social Life of the Pellatts
Colonial Sir Henry Pellatt
To Aldershot for the Empire

5. The Castle on the Hill

Dreams of Grandeur
Designing the Dream
The Dream Is Built

6. The Dream Shatters

Speculating on Land
Life in the Castle
Storm Clouds Gather
Crisis, Crisis, Crisis
The Auction of the Century
The Fading Years

7. The Castle Find a New Life

The Apartment-Hotel Era
Kiwanis Saves the Day
The Funeral March

Afterword

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From the Publisher

This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Casa Loma, Toronto's most famous historic site, and its owner, Sir Henry Pellatt.

Born in 1859, Pellatt was a fascinating figure: a romantic whose interest in architecture inspired the medieval-style castle that is now a Toronto landmark. Casa Loma took 300 men three years to build at a cost of $3.5 million. Completed in 1914, the castle was enjoyed by Pellatt for only ten years before bankruptcy forced it from his hands. Today, Casa Loma is owned by the City of Toronto and operated by the Kiwanis Club.

Novelist and historian Bill Freeman tells the story of Pellatt's life and takes readers on a tour that covers every significant room in this dramatic hillside castle. The text is illustrated with full-colour contemporary photographs as well as fascinating archival material.

About the Author

BILL FREEMAN is a historian, novelist, and freelance writer. He is also the author of Hamilton: A People's History, published by Lorimer.
VINCENZO PIETROPAOLO is a well-known Toronto photographer whose work is in many collections, including the Art Gallery of Ontario.

From Our Editors

Author Bill Freeman tells the tale of Toronto's most historic site - Casa Loma and its owner, Sir Henry Pellatt. Pellatt was a record-holding runner, financier, industrialist, military enthusiast and romantic. Casa Loma took 300 men three years to build and cost $3.5 million in the early 1900s. Today, the city of Toronto owns the castle, a museum visited by more than 300,000 people annually. Casa Loma offers details of the castle and its fascinating owner.

Editorial Reviews

"...well-balanced and highly readable"