Campbell House Museum, Toronto

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Campbell House is an 1822 heritage house and museum in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was built for Upper Canada Chief Justice Sir William Campbell and his wife Hannah. The home was designed for entertaining and comfort, and constructed at a time when the Campbells were socially and economically established and their children had grown to adulthood. The house is one of the few remaining examples of Georgian architecture left in Toronto and is constructed in a style in vogue during the late Georgian era known as Palladian architecture.HistoryThe house was originally located on a plot of land 1.5km southeast of its current location, at the intersection of what is now Adelaide Street and Frederick Street. More specifically, it stood at the head of Frederick Street as a view terminus, on the site presently occupied by George Brown College's Chef School. Upon Sir William Campbell's death in 1834, his estate conveyed the house to his wife, Lady Campbell, for her use. After Lady Campbell's death in 1844, her estate auctioned the property and the contents of the house with the proceeds distributed amongst their heirs. For most of the 19th century the structure remained a private residence. It continued to be home to various prominent citizens until 1890, by which point the neighbourhood had changed into a commercial and industrial zone. The building eventually came to be used by several businesses after the turn of the 20th century as office space and a factory, including a horseshoe nails company and an elevator company.
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  • Trekked across the city today to be told that rooms had been cleared of furniture. 3 rooms open with some artwork in. 3 other rooms might be opened for us to see but also empty. What a shame as it loo...  more »
  • The House, built in the beginning of 18 century belong to judge William Campbell. In the House, all as if life-bedrooms, a study, a kitchen utensils. For everyone in the House is being watched carefully and looked after, that allows us to see the history of those years with my own eyes.
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  • Walking by one day we researched the house on-line and decided to go on a Wednesday morning just after opening. It's a small historic house in the middle of busy "modern" Toronto. It is the oldest rem...  more »
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  • Visited for Doors Open Toronto in May. It isn't very big, but I enjoyed exploring the few rooms and learning a bit of Toronto's political history. This house did not originally stand on university, but was transferred from the easy part of the city!
  • One of the rare pieces of saved history in downtown Toronto. While it's great to retain, and significant for Torontonians, I'm not sure it would be an ideal first choice for tourists.
  • Wonderful historic museum that also puts on great shows.
  • Nice little piece of Toronto history. Staff is knowledgeable. The house is small. The small scale replica on the second floor gives a nice blast from Toronto past. Sometimes the house will serve as a small art gallery.
  • Great historic house, good programming, usually an interesting special exhibit on the top floor

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