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Casa Loma

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

By Freeman, Bill, Photographs by Pietropaolo, Vincenzo

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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.

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 took it from his hands. Today, Casa Loma is owned and operated by the City of Toronto. This book includes a visual tour of the building as it is today, restored to its turn-of-the-century splendour.

As well, author and historian Bill Freeman tells the colourful story of Pellatt's life, accompanied by a rich variety of archival images. Pellatt was an entrepreneurial and domineering Toronto financier with a central role in the city's financial life at the turn of the century. He lost his fortune and ended his days in very modest circumstances, but he left the city a dramatic landmark building.

Author Bill Freeman takes readers on a full tour of this dramatic hillside castle, illustrated with full-colour photographs by Vincenzo Pietropaolo.


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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




Winner - Heritage Toronto Award of Merit - 1999

"...well-balanced and highly readable"

- Steve Pitt Canadian Book Review Annual

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.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 72 pages
Publication Date: 10th July 2014
ISBN: 9781459407282
Format: 9in x 8.25in
illustrated in colour

BISAC Code:  ARC003000, HIS006000
Imprint: Lorimer


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