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Colborne Lodge, Toronto

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Colborne Lodge is a historical museum located in an 1836 home in Toronto's High Park. John George Howard, an architect, engineer, and prominent Toronto citizen built this house, which became the property of the city following his death in 1890.HistoryBuilt in 1836 by City Surveyor John George Howard to house himself and his wife Jemima Frances Meikle, it is perched on the top of a hill overlooking Lake Ontario. When built, the area was considerably to the west of the city. The house is a classic example of the Regency cottage style, and one of the first such buildings in the city. The small house tries to blend in with the landscape around it, in sharp contrast to the rigid formalism of Georgian architecture that was then the standard Toronto style. It was originally one storey, but Howard later expanded it by adding the upper level. The house was named after Sir John Colborne, Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada from 1828 to 1836 and first Canadian patron of Howard's architecture.The cottage sat on 165acre of land owned by Howard. His original intent was to start a farm on the property. Later, he attempted to subdivide his holdings and sell off small lots to create a new neighbourhood. At the time the area was still a considerable distance west of the city, and a difficult commute to town. Howard himself maintained a second home in the city. The landscape of the property with its steep hills, wetlands and sandy soils would have been difficult to develop in any event.
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  • Entertaining, educational and amazing to see the history of what high park was at one point! As a Toronto born and raised woman I am shocked I never saw this before !But happy I got to experience it!  more »
  • Gem of a house designed and built in 1837 by John Howard, Toronto's first engineer and an early Upper Canada architect. We have toured many historic homes but this one had some unique features such as...  more »
  • It surprised me as I did not have great expectations. We went there for a Harvest Festival and really enjoyed it.  more »
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  • Great place for the family. Love the history. Great customer service
  • Staff who guided us was so nice. The guided tour itself and the place were also good.
  • This place was amazing you learn so much and the tour guide Megan seemed so knowledgeable about what she was saying!
  • Great place, staff are knowledgeable and friendly.
  • Love it and spooky at night

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