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Casa Loma

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Sir Henry Pellatt, the dreamer behind Toronto's famous landmark Casa Loma, was born to British parents in Kingston, Ontario on January 6, 1859.  Ambitious from his youth, Sir Henry Pellatt left his studies at Upper Canada College when he was seventeen to pursue a career in commerce in the family business. By the age of 23, he became a full partner in his father's stock brokerage firm Pellatt and Pellatt. That year also marked his marriage to Mary Dodgeson whom he met when he was twenty.

Even as a young man, Henry Pellatt embraced the spirit of the family motto "Devant Si Je Puis" or "Foremost If I Can". When he met his bride-to-be, Sir Pellatt had already achieved local reknown in 1879 for beating the U. S. amateur champion in the running of the mile. Travels in Europe gave him the love for fine art and architecture which would spur his vision of Casa Loma-"House on the Hill." This romantic side was mirrored by his other lifelong passion-his involvement with the military, specifically the Queen's Own Rifles.

Casa Loma took three years and $3.5 million to build. Sir Henry Pellatt filled Casa Loma with artwork from Canada and around the world. Casa Loma stood as a monument to its creator - it surpassed any private home in North America. With soaring battlements and secret passageways, it paid homage to the castles and knights of days gone by.

Sir Henry Pellatt's numerous business and military connections demanded entertaining on a large scale. Casa Loma's romantic borrowing from the past, tempered by necessary modern day conveniences, provided the perfect setting. In the height of their years at Casa Loma, the planning of such a busy social calendar consumed much of Lady Pellatt's time.

In addition to hosting grand social events, the Pellatt's were involved in a number of philanthropic projects. Sir Henry Pellatt was a trustee and benefactor of Trinity College and a strong supporter of Grace Hospital. The organization of the St. John's Ambulance Brigade in Canada is due largely to his efforts. Lady Pellatt, in spite of her frail health, played an active role in the promotion of Girl Guides of Canada. She was appointed the first Commissioner of the Girl Guides of Canada and in 1919 was honoured with the Girl Guides highest award, the Silver Fish.

Today, Casa Loma is one of Toronto's top tourist attractions and hospitality venues. Each year over 350,000 visitors tour Casa Loma and the estate gardens.   A perfect backdrop for special occasions, Casa Loma also plays host to over 250 private events annually. The unique architecture has also made it a highly desirable location for film, television and photo shoots.

In January 2014, the Liberty Entertainment Group entered into a long term lease of Toronto’s Casa Loma. After an extensive RFP process, the City of Toronto approved the Liberty Group to take over the historic complex, completed in 1914. This will include all aspects of the operation of Casa Loma as both a special event facility as well as an attraction. Casa Loma represents an unparalleled opportunity in the city of Toronto and is an iconic historical and heritage landmark.

Founded in 1986, the Liberty Entertainment Group has gained success and acknowledgment for creating an impressive roster of unique venues that garner immediate recognition. Each venue is rich in detail and originality and caters to a diverse clientele. Constantly ahead of the curve Liberty is distinguished for its ability to set trends, push limits and create the impossible. www.libertygroup.com

 

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1 Austin Terrace Toronto M5R1X8
Phone: (416) 923-1171
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