Mackenzie House (City of Toronto Historic Sites), Toronto

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Mackenzie House is a historic building and museum in Toronto, Canada that was the last home of William Lyon Mackenzie, the city's first mayor. It is now a museum operated by the City of Toronto's Museum and Heritage Services.Mackenzie's first home in Toronto was on York Street south of Queen. It was built in 1830 by Major Andrew Patton, formerly of the 45th regiment and barrack master of York Garrison, where he lived until his death in 1835. In 1835 Mackenzie leased the property and lived there until 1837, when he sold the lease. The advertisement for the lease appeared in the January 11, 1837 issue of his newspaper, The Constitution. After Mackenzie's failed rebellion this house was taken by the government and occupied by Colonel Hill and then Colonel Bagot.Mackenzie was forced into exile in the United States after having led the Rebellion of 1837. He returned to the newly created Province of Canada in 1850, after being the last rebel pardoned. Mackenzie returned to Canada in dire financial states. The house at 82 Bond Street was bought for Mackenzie by his friends and supporters in 1858. He died in the house in 1861; His wife and three daughters stayed in the house for another ten years.The neighbouring row houses were demolished in 1936, while Mackenzie's grandson, William Lyon Mackenzie King, was Prime Minister. However, this house was saved because of its historical significance. Designed in the Georgian architecture style, today the house serves as a municipally run historic house museum about 1860s Urban Victorian life.
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  • I highly recommend experiencing this window into early York/Toronto history. Our excellent tour guides brought MacKenzie’s story to life with their enthusiasm and vast knowledge. As a Torontonian born...  more »
  • My brother and I had a great visit yesterday. It's a perfect town house in the heart of downtown Toronto, accurately restored to around 1860. It includes a recreation of Mackenzie's print shop (includ...  more »
  • Toronto which likes to bury its History under cement has a small downtown gem in this authentic historical structure. This is the building where WL Mackenzie lived with his family and died. Applause t...  more »
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  • This museum is highly recommended for all tourists and residents alike. Even if you stay in Toronto for a few days, visit this place and take a tour of the house and the print shop. You will know much more about history of Toronto and it's first Mayor. It is a great place for families to spend half a day there. The staff is not only very knowledgeable, they love what they do and enjoy interacting with visitors. A gift shop on site, washrooms etc. Short walk to public transit and in the heart of downtown close to many other museums and attractions.
  • The house itself is interesting. The print making presentation was neat, but the tour was a little dry. I usually love this kind of thing, but there was too much focus on the furniture pieces rather than Mackenzie's history.
  • Great story teller.made history come alive. Amazing historical spot in the downtown.
  • Fantastic field trip for a day, very affordable and fun. There is lots to see and do here, the programs are really well run and the staff are definitely into their roles.
  • very easy to miss, but do not miss it! it is quite a place, very nice staff, the guided tour is very interesting and informative

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