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The Campell House/Then and Now Update

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The Campell HouseThe Campbell house in it’s original location at Frederick and Adelaide before the move.
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f1231_it1426The house can be seen here on the far right.
The Campell House
On the Move 1972
The Campell House
The Campell House
As it stands today
Campbell House is the oldest remaining house from the original site of the Town of York. Built in 1822 by Judge 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 surviving examples of Georgian architecture left in Toronto. The Grange is another excellent example, although it is slightly older than Campbell House. Campbell House is constructed in a style in vogue during the late Georgian era known as Palladian architecture. This style was Italian in origin, and based upon elements of classical Greek and Roman architecture, which emphasized symmetry of features (windows, fireplaces, doors etc.) and grandiose proportions to exhibit wealth.

The Move

Campbell House was originally located on a plot of land 1 ½ kilometres to the southeast of its’ present location at the intersection of what is now Adelaide St. and Frederick St. (where the George Brown School of Hospitality is located today). After Sir William’s death in 1834, the house was willed to his wife, Lady Hannah, for her use. After her death in 1844 the property and contents of the house were auctioned off and the proceeds were distributed amongst their heirs. For most of the 19th century the house was maintained as a private residence. After the turn of the 20th century the building was used by several businesses as office space and as a factory, including a horseshoe nail company and an elevator company, and the house fell into disrepair. The last owners of the property (Coutts-Hallmark Greeting Cards) wanted to demolish the house to extend their parking lot. At this time the house was offered to anyone who could remove it from the property. A professional association of Trial Lawyers known as the Advocates’ Society intervened to save the house, move the building and restore it to its present appearance. The house was moved to its present location at the corner of Queen and University on
Friday, March 31st, 1972.
My father took me downtown that day to see the move.
Blog subscriber Joeseph has sent me some photos of the Campbell house from 1964 before it was moved.
He writes:
I’m sending you some old pics via this email address as it will be easier for me.
I mentioned that I have more old photos but since they are mostly old 35 mm slides I will have to convert them, a few at a time. The 3 B&W photos attached were taken around 1968-69, maybe 1970 with my old Canon TL-QL bought at a pawn-shop in 1968 which was, I believe, located on Jarvis Street…or was it Yonge? 😦  In any case it has been my faithful companion since then but I must shamefully admit that it has been stored away for a number of years, making place for its digital replacement 🙂  Poor fellow, he’s still useable but without his light-meter which died some years ago.
—Central Fire Hall – 1886 ( does it still exist? I have left Toronto many years ago. Lived there between 1957 and 1973.
—William Campbell House located on Duke Street facing Frederick Street.
I worked for the Hallmark Greeting Card Co. between 1957 and 1969 and, for a few months, my working quarters were located in that venerable old house. memories…
Coutts Hallmark Cards-Toronto May 1964 Wm. Campbell House 1822-Adelaide St. Toronto-1970-a Wm. Campbell House 1822-Adelaide St. Toronto-1970Wm. Campbell House - Toronto 1964

3 responses

  1. Don’t you mean Adelaide and Frederick, not Adelaide and Duke?

    March 28, 2014 at 1:52 pm

  2. Thanks for that correction.

    March 28, 2014 at 3:26 pm

  3. Pingback: Campbell House | Toronto Past

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