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A castle smack in the center of the big city? This may not be Europe, but Toronto’s got some architectural jewels to show. Casa Loma was built for $3.5 million by Sir Henry Pellat—a passionate businessman with a dream of owning his own medieval castle. Construction was halted in 1914 with the start of World War I, and the building, while livable, was never fully completed. Casa Loma contains plenty of Canadian art, and secret passages, and a basement bowling alley. The cost of upkeep during a post-war economic depression proved too much to handle, and Pellat ended up nearly bankrupt. Fortunately, his Gothic Revival creation remains. Today, the house is open for tours, and its garden is used in summer for weekly symphony performances; the castle's tower is the setting for an escape-game experience.
By Karolyne Ellacott, AFAR Local Expert
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