Thursday Doors – April 28, 2016

In conjunction with the very popular Thursday Doors theme, hosted by Norm…

Today I have selected another subject from the recent trip to Toronto, The Campbell House Museum.

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An interesting article here, tells that this building was actually saved and moved to the current location. Another article is actually copied below, with credits given in the article:

“Saving Old House Inspires Preservation”

This text is from the free Toronto in Time app, which was created by The Canadian Encyclopedia…

When the Queen Mother officially opened Campbell House in its new University Avenue location, Torontonians saw a treasure from their past restored. In a city that had been demolishing many of its finest old buildings, this demonstration of reverence for a distinguished work of 19th-century architecture and a piece of Toronto history showed a change in public opinion in favour of heritage preservation. The Campbell House was built by Sir William Campbell, Chief Justice of Upper Canada, and his wife Hannah in 1822. The stately Georgian house originally stood at what is now the intersection of Adelaide and Frederick streets. After serving as a private residence for most of the 19th century, it was turned into a business office and even a factory for horseshoe nails as its neighbourhood transformed into a commercial and industrial area. In 1972, its owners, the Coutts-Hallmark Greeting Cards Company, wanted to use its location for a parking lot. They offered the building to anyone who would move it.

Given the home’s association with a former Chief Justice, an association of trial lawyers (The Advocates’ Society) raised the funds to move the Campbell House to its present location. The move was a spectacular public event. Streets were shut down and crowds gawked as the 270-tonne structure crept the 1617 metres to its new foundation.

Today the Campbell House is a museum and art gallery, as well as a club for members of the Advocates Society. Most importantly, its move inspired those who shared a love for architectural integrity and a sense of history to unite in preserving remnants of Old Toronto.

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This being a post about doors, this one is admirable, but I also enjoyed the placement of this old Georgian beauty in front of a more modern (though nothing as modern as many in Toronto…watch for a future post) building behind it.

Unfortunately, the museum was not open when we went by, so no pictures of the inside. You can find those online too!

Happy doorscovering!

 

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5 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – April 28, 2016

  1. What a fabulous building. I’m always amazed when I hear of a complete building being moved. There’s a church in Budapest that had to be moved to one side to make room for a bridge.

    • Have you been to Budapest? It is on my list.

      • I was there a few years ago with my sisters, in January. It was the best city break we’ve had yet. Food is cheap but lovely and we felt very safe, even walking at night through the city. The Fisherman’s Bastion is on the historic Buda side of the river and it’s definitely a must-see. I could go on and on about Budapest but this comment would turn into a post, lol. 🙂

  2. Great choice! I remember seeing that when we were there in December but for some reason it didn’t register with me – I’m glad it did with you though because it is beautiful!

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