Caer Howell Hotel

William Dummer Powell built his second home in Toronto - Caer Howell - in 1810, along Taddle Creek just south of what is now Orde St. west of University Ave. In 1853 "it was improved with a new front, and again in 1860 it was enlarged" ending up eventually in the second empire style, with a wrap around porch with a balcony along the top.

In 1837 the property and building was sold to Henry Layton who converted it into a private club, and then into a hotel and tavern, complete with a wooden gate reading 'Caer Howell' Over the years the building fell into disrepair and was torn down in 1915.

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1830 Historic photo from 1830 - Watercolour of proposed Caer Howell buildings by W. D. Powell in Discovery DistrictWatercolour of proposed Caer Howell buildings by W. D. Powell
187 years ago - Discovery District - 1830
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1840 Historic photo from Wednesday, September 17, 1840 - The gathering : Toronto Athletic Games Sept 17, 1840 at Caer Howell in Discovery DistrictThe gathering : Toronto Athletic Games Sept 17, 1840 at Caer Howell
177 years ago - Discovery District - Wednesday, September 17, 1840
Max temp: 15.6°C - Min temp: 4.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1897 Historic photo from 1897 - Sketch of Caer Howell Hotel in the winter with horse drawn carriages and distinctive gate in Discovery DistrictSketch of Caer Howell Hotel in the winter with horse drawn carriages and distinctive gate
120 years ago - Discovery District - 1897
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1900 Historic photo from 1900 - Caer Howell Hotel (University Ave. at Orde St.) in Discovery DistrictCaer Howell Hotel (University Ave. at Orde St.)
117 years ago - Discovery District - 1900
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1910 Historic photo from 1910 - Corner of Caer Howell Hotel along University Ave., with upper windows still intact in Discovery DistrictCorner of Caer Howell Hotel along University Ave., with upper windows still intact
107 years ago - Discovery District - 1910
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1913 Historic photo from 1913 - Caer Howell among the trees along University Avenue in Discovery DistrictCaer Howell among the trees along University Avenue
104 years ago - Discovery District - 1913
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1914 Historic photo from 1914 - Front of Caer Howell Hotel a year before it was torn down (University Ave., and Orde St.) in Discovery DistrictFront of Caer Howell Hotel a year before it was torn down (University Ave., and Orde St.)
103 years ago - Discovery District - 1914
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1914 Historic photo from 1914 - Side of Caer Howell Hotel a year before it was demolished (University Ave., and Orde St.) in Discovery DistrictSide of Caer Howell Hotel a year before it was demolished (University Ave., and Orde St.)
103 years ago - Discovery District - 1914
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)