Step back in time as you explore the former estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, a prominent Toronto financier, industrialist and military man. An unabashed romantic, Sir Henry engaged the noted architect E.J. Lennox to help him realize a life-long dream - the creation of a 'medieval' castle on the brow of a hill overlooking Toronto. Begun in 1911, it took 300 men nearly 3 years to complete and cost $3,500,000 at that time. Sir Henry enjoyed Casa Loma for less than 10 years before financial misfortune forced him to abandon his castle home. We hope you enjoy this intriguing legacy of an extraordinary Canadian.
•Gift Shop: The three arches in this room were laneways for Sir Henry Pellatt's proposed bowling alley. The other side of the wall was a proposed shooting range but was never completed.
•Liberty Caffé: Originally designed to be Sir Henry Pellatt's private exercise room, filled with the latest turn-of-the-century equipment.
•Swimming Pool: The pool beneath the Conservatory was never properly finished. The original plans called for the pool to be surrounded by cloisters, marble arches and gold swans. The space now houses a state of the art theatre which plays the Pellatt Newsreel: The Man Who Built Casa Loma, narrated by Colin Mochrie.
• Wine Cellar: Ammonia and brine-filled pipes chilled the collection of nearly 1800 bottles of wine and champagne.
•Tunnel to Stables: The Stables are connected to Casa Loma by an 800-ft. tunnel which runs 18' below Austin Terrace. The tunnel features an exhibit of Toronto’s Dark Side, which tells the story in archival photographs of Toronto’s darker days such as Prohibition, The Depression, The Plague, The Great Toronto Fire, and Toronto’s first plane crash.