Third Government House (King and Simcoe)

After the second Government House burnt down in 1862, a new one was built in 1868, also at the south-west corner of King Street West and Simcoe. It was designed by architect Henry Langley, in the Second Empire style and completed in 1870. "Old Government House" as it is now know, was a three-storey red brick and Ohio cut stone building with a central tower, built at a cost of just over $100,000. When first built it had a wonderful view over the gardens south to Lake Ontario, but as the city, and the railroads, grew, the location became more and more industrial, so in 1909 a new location was found. The building was finally torn down in 1912 and the land sold to the Canadian Pacific Railroad.

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1870 Historic photo from 1870 - Old Government House - History of Ontario Vice-Regal Residences in King Street WestOld Government House - History of Ontario Vice-Regal Residences
147 years ago - King Street West - 1870
Link to archive record - Map location
1890 Historic photo from 1890 - View of Government House from the south in King Street WestView of Government House from the south
127 years ago - King Street West - 1890
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1890 Historic photo from 1890 - Ontario Lieutenant Governors Residence (Government House) in King Street WestOntario Lieutenant Governors Residence (Government House)
127 years ago - King Street West - 1890
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1902 Historic photo from 1902 - Grounds of Government House (1868-1912), looking north-east to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in King Street WestGrounds of Government House (1868-1912), looking north-east to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
115 years ago - King Street West - 1902
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1909 Historic photo from 1909 - Last garden party at Government House, King and Simcoe streets in King Street WestLast garden party at Government House, King and Simcoe streets
108 years ago - King Street West - 1909
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1909 Historic photo from 1909 - South view of Government House, King Street West at Simcoe in King Street WestSouth view of Government House, King Street West at Simcoe
108 years ago - King Street West - 1909
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1910 Historic photo from 1910 - Postcard of Government House, Toronto, Canada in King Street WestPostcard of Government House, Toronto, Canada
107 years ago - King Street West - 1910
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Watercoloured Government House (1868-1912), looking north west in King Street WestWatercoloured Government House (1868-1912), looking north west
105 years ago - King Street West - 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Drawing room on the left side of the entrance hall, Government House in King Street WestDrawing room on the left side of the entrance hall, Government House
105 years ago - King Street West - 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Decorations in the bedroom of the Lieutenant-Governor, northeast corner of upper hall, Government House in King Street WestDecorations in the bedroom of the Lieutenant-Governor, northeast corner of upper hall, Government House
105 years ago - King Street West - 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Main staircase at the west end of the third Government House in King Street WestMain staircase at the west end of the third Government House
105 years ago - King Street West - 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Southwest view of the grounds from Wellington Street, Government House in King Street WestSouthwest view of the grounds from Wellington Street, Government House
105 years ago - King Street West - 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Third Government House at King and Simcoe , birds eye view of garden in King Street WestThird Government House at King and Simcoe , birds eye view of garden
105 years ago - King Street West - 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Empty ballroom in the Government House (1868-1912) before being torn down in King Street WestEmpty ballroom in the Government House (1868-1912) before being torn down
105 years ago - King Street West - 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1912 Historic photo from Monday, April 29, 1912 - The last dance, Farewell to Government House at King and Simcoe in King Street WestThe last dance, Farewell to Government House at King and Simcoe
105 years ago - King Street West - Monday, April 29, 1912
Max temp: 6.1°C - Min temp: 2.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Main staircase, looking down hall to entrance, Government House in King Street WestMain staircase, looking down hall to entrance, Government House
105 years ago - King Street West - 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Wallpaper and rugs in the entrance hall on the ground floor, Government House in King Street WestWallpaper and rugs in the entrance hall on the ground floor, Government House
105 years ago - King Street West - 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Lieutenant-Governor John Gibson and family in King Street WestLieutenant-Governor John Gibson and family
105 years ago - King Street West - 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Green Bedroom in the Government House at King and Simcoe (1868-1912) in King Street WestGreen Bedroom in the Government House at King and Simcoe (1868-1912)
105 years ago - King Street West - 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)