Chorley Park

The forth, and final, Government House in Ontario was called Chorley Park. Designed by Francis R. Heakes in a French Renaissance style, it was built of Credit Valley stone between 1911 and 1915 on 14 acres of the still relatively undeveloped Rosedale neighbourhood. One of the most expensive residences ever constructed in Canada up to that point, it cost over a million dollars.

But the lavish building was expensive to maintain, and even heat, especially as the world slide into The Depression, and was closed in 1937. It was acquired by the federal government and used as a military hospital, RCMP headquarters in Toronto, and a residence for refugees of the 1956 Hungarian uprising.

Finally, in 1960 the City of Toronto bought the building and property, and in 1961 the building was demolished and the grounds were turned into a park.

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1910 Historic photo from 1910 - Government House, Chorley Park, Rosedale in Don Valley BrickworksGovernment House, Chorley Park, Rosedale
107 years ago - Don Valley Brickworks - 1910
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1911 Historic photo from 1911 - Foundations and bridge for Government House (Chorley Park) in Don Valley BrickworksFoundations and bridge for Government House (Chorley Park)
106 years ago - Don Valley Brickworks - 1911
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Government House, Chorley Park, Rosedale in Don Valley BrickworksGovernment House, Chorley Park, Rosedale
105 years ago - Don Valley Brickworks - 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from 1915 - Chorley Park dining room in Don Valley BrickworksChorley Park dining room
102 years ago - Don Valley Brickworks - 1915
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from 1915 - Chorley Park - History of Ontario Vice-Regal Residences in Don Valley BrickworksChorley Park - History of Ontario Vice-Regal Residences
102 years ago - Don Valley Brickworks - 1915
Link to archive record - Map location
1916 Historic photo from 1916 - Government House (1915-1937) - Interior, billiard room in Don Valley BrickworksGovernment House (1915-1937) - Interior, billiard room
101 years ago - Don Valley Brickworks - 1916
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1916 Historic photo from 1916 - Government House (1915-1937); Interior, blue parlour with furnishings in Don Valley BrickworksGovernment House (1915-1937); Interior, blue parlour with furnishings
101 years ago - Don Valley Brickworks - 1916
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1916 Historic photo from 1916 - Government House (1915-1937), path, under bridge betw. inner and outer courts in Don Valley BrickworksGovernment House (1915-1937), path, under bridge betw. inner and outer courts
101 years ago - Don Valley Brickworks - 1916
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1925 Historic photo from 1925 - Front view of Lt.-Governors residence in Rosedale in Don Valley BrickworksFront view of Lt.-Governors residence in Rosedale
92 years ago - Don Valley Brickworks - 1925
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1926 Historic photo from Sunday, July 25, 1926 - Side view of Ontario Government House, Chorley Park, Toronto in Don Valley BrickworksSide view of Ontario Government House, Chorley Park, Toronto
91 years ago - Don Valley Brickworks - Sunday, July 25, 1926
Max temp: 23.9°C - Min temp: 15.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1930 Historic photo from 1930 - Areal photo of Government House, Chorley Park in Don Valley BrickworksAreal photo of Government House, Chorley Park
87 years ago - Don Valley Brickworks - 1930
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1959 Historic photo from 1959 - View of Chorley Park during its demolition in Don Valley BrickworksView of Chorley Park during its demolition
58 years ago - Don Valley Brickworks - 1959
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1959 Historic photo from 1959 - Winter scene showing the bridge in front of Chorley Park in Don Valley BrickworksWinter scene showing the bridge in front of Chorley Park
58 years ago - Don Valley Brickworks - 1959
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1959 Historic photo from 1959 - Front view of Chorley Park during its demolition in Don Valley BrickworksFront view of Chorley Park during its demolition
58 years ago - Don Valley Brickworks - 1959
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1959 Historic photo from 1959 - Side view of Chorley Park during its demolition in Don Valley BrickworksSide view of Chorley Park during its demolition
58 years ago - Don Valley Brickworks - 1959
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)