Wow, this mansion is George's house? He lives here with Charlotte, his new wife (and former lowly maid)?
Whaaat? C'mon, Amy. This isn't like you! Walk up that walkway with confidence and knock on that front door ... or another door ... or another, maybe around the back until someone hears you. Jeesh how many doors would a mansion like this have?
Do it, Amy.
Walk up the steps.
There's the door knocker. Use it. Go ahead.
It will be in 1903 when financier Henry Pellatt will purchase the property of 25 lots. It will take approximately $3.5 million and will take 300 workers to construct. Having 98 rooms, it will cover almost 65,000 square feet and will be the largest private residence in Canada.
When the City of Toronto increases the property taxes for Casa Loma, they will swell from $600 per year to $1,000 per month during the Great Depression, beginning in 1929.
Pellatt, already having difficulty financially, will auction off $1.5 million in art and $250,000 in furnishings, a massive amount for the time.
In 1933, the city will seize Casa Loma from Henry Pellatt because of back taxes owing.
Casa Loma in the 21st century will become a museum as well as a popular landmark in Toronto, and will also be a sought after locale for weddings and film companies.