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5 Historic Sites in Toronto to be Proud Of

Toronto is one city where you will find communities with a blend of historic and modern architecture, capturing elements from various time lines and eras. We take a moment to look at 5 such historic sites that we can reflect upon and feel proud of. These are in no particular order and by no means exclude other amazing sites that the city have. We are simply listing five sites.

University of Toronto

Often described as a city within a city, the University of Toronto is a historical icon. Home to 50,000+ students, the St. George campus contains some of the oldest architecture, including University College and Victoria College. It is also one of the only places where you will find an integration of old school architecture with modern design, keeping the charm the university has developed of the past few decades while maintaining itself as a pioneering university.

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Fort York

Fort York is probably one of Toronto’s most historic communities, being a significant site in the historic War of 1812. The originally fort structure was ultimately destroyed during the battle, but completely rebuilt by Royal Engineers afterwards. The building and structures were all made out of wood, in comparison to the brick and wood re-built structures you see today.

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Casa Loma

Casa Loma is a Gothic Revival style home for financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. It took a total of 3 years to build, between 1911-14, and become Canada’s largest house. Sir Henry left the property in 1923, after only 10 years, after not being able to afford the financial liabilities the property brought after the great depression. The property was then seized by the City of Toronto in 1933, later being leased by the Kiwanis club. The property features the finest interior trimmings, fittings and furniture. The exterior is an exquisite long-run garden with an independent rose garden. The property is a true presentation of what Canadian architectural talent can create.

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Cathedral Church of St. James 

On the busy businessy streets of King Street West, the Cathedral Church of St. James is one major head-turner. The building exudes wondrous craftsmanship. The church is the home of the oldest congregation in the city, having established the parish in 1797. It took three years to complete, and when it was completed in 1853, it was one of the largest buildings in the city. It is listed as a heritage building under the Ontario Heritage Act and is the episcopal seat of the Anglican Church of Canada’s Diocese of Toronto.

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Mackenzie House

Probably the most significant historic sites on this list, the Mackenzie House is the fully-restored home of William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto’s first Mayor, critical journalist and leader of the Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada. The home itself was a gift from friends and supporters, something he received due to his service to the community. It now serves as a museum, presenting a recreated 1850′s print shop, a modern gallery and a variety of changing exhibitions. The place is operated by Toronto Culture.

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