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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  • July 3, 2017
    I'm so glad my sister and I decided to go here! It was interesting, fun to print our own piece and not crowded! I recommend for history buffs, print shop nerds and font fanatics.  more »
  • June 17, 2017
    Mackenzie House is a little East from lively young street is the home of the former Toronto Mayor. You can feel the life of the 19th century and also in the mansion tour.
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  • May 25, 2017
    Really great - had a guided tour from a really well informed guide, fascinating historical detail, and great to try out a traditional printing press.  more »
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  • March 2, 2017
    We learned so much in the tour of MacKenzie House. The kids had fun work in the printing press and doing typesetting.
  • December 21, 2016
    The house is very helpful to understand both the history of the Mackenzie family as well as the living situation of a typical middle class family at the time. The guides were very knowledgeable about all aspects of the house, its inhabitants and the surrounding history and it was clear that they are passionate about teaching all visitors as much as possible.
  • December 2, 2016
    Great place to go with kids. Love the hands on experience with the printing machine and the excellent guides.
  • September 22, 2016
    An amazing piece of toronto history plus a 150yo printing machine on which you can play. A must see!
  • March 30, 2015
    I didn't expect much before coming here and, in fact, hesitated to visit this place. But it was much more than I expected! As others mentioned, the tour guides are just awesome! The lady that took us around the house was very knowledgeable and knew how to make stories interesting. I was totally absorbed in what she was saying. The man that guided us in the print shop was very nice as well! He explained all the artistic stuff and helped us to print our own souvenirs! I would definitely come back before leaving Toronto!

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