Lynne Lodge Estate

Frederick Barnard Fetherstonhaugh built his estate along Lake Ontario in Mimico. The main house "Lynne Lodge" (named after his mother's family home in Ireland), and the Gardener's Cottage were designed by Henry Sproatt and built in 1899. The property is at the south west corner of 2669-2673 Lake Shore Blvd. W. and Royal York Road.

The Etobicoke Historical Society webpage provides the following description: "The house was designed in a sprawling Queen Anne style, with an eclectic mix of differently styled towers, windows, dormers and cladding. The stable mirrored the house in its Queen Anne style with its wood shingle cladding, flared eaves, twin roof ventilators, buttresses, a mix of flat-headed and round-arched windows, an entry door flanked by narrow sidelights, and decorative columns on the south-facing window. However, with the advent of the automobile, the stable was never used and was soon converted into a residence for the family's gardener."

Around 1910 the folly guest house, "The Towers" was built on a small point into Lake Ontario called Thunder Head along with a boat house.

Frederick Barnard Fetherstonhaugh (FB for short) was a patent attorney who founded Fetherstonhaugh and Company, a patent law firm (which still exists today as Smart & Biggar / Featherstonhaugh with offices around the world). In 1893 he built one of the first electric cars in Canada at the John Dixon works factory on Bay Street in Toronto, with electrical and mechanical components designed by inventor William Joseph Still.

Towards the end of his life he took in strangers, some of whom are said to have stolen what was left of his dwindling estate before he died on July 6th, 1945 aged 83. Lynn Lodge became an Italian restaurant for a while - the Lynne Arms Italian Village Restaurant - but lost its licence in 1955 and the house was demolished around 1957 to make way for the apartment buildings which stand there now.

All that remains of the estate is the Fetherstonhaugh Gardener's Cottage which was designated as a Heritage Property by the City of Toronto in 2011.

(Common misspellings include "Lynn Lodge" and "Featherstonhaugh" or "Fetherstonaugh.")

 
 

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1906 Historic photo from Thursday, August 23, 1906 - F.B. Featherstonhaugh (in white suit) greeting Sir William Broadbent, physician to His Majesty King Edward at the RCYC in Toronto IslandF.B. Featherstonhaugh (in white suit) greeting Sir William Broadbent, physician to His Majesty King Edward at the RCYC
111 years ago - Toronto Island - Thursday, August 23, 1906
Max temp: 31.1°C - Min temp: 20.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1953 Historic photo from 1953 - Lynne Arms Italian Village Restaurant with Sign in MimicoLynne Arms Italian Village Restaurant with Sign
64 years ago - Mimico - 1953
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1955 Historic photo from Sunday, February 13, 1955 - Lynne Arms Italian Village Restaurant - was originally Lynne Lodge (Lakeshore and Royal York) in MimicoLynne Arms Italian Village Restaurant - was originally Lynne Lodge (Lakeshore and Royal York)
62 years ago - Mimico - Sunday, February 13, 1955
Max temp: -5.6°C - Min temp: -15.0°C - 1.8cm of snowfall - 3.0cm of snow on the ground (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1955 Historic photo from Sunday, February 13, 1955 - The Castle at Lynne Lodge - a guest house on the estate of F.B. Fetherstonhaugh in MimicoThe Castle at Lynne Lodge - a guest house on the estate of F.B. Fetherstonhaugh
62 years ago - Mimico - Sunday, February 13, 1955
Max temp: -5.6°C - Min temp: -15.0°C - 1.8cm of snowfall - 3.0cm of snow on the ground (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1955 Historic photo from Sunday, February 13, 1955 - The Towers at Lynne Lodge - Frederick Barnard Fetherstonhaugh estate - Lakeshore Blvd. W., s.w. cor. Royal York Road in MimicoThe Towers at Lynne Lodge - Frederick Barnard Fetherstonhaugh estate - Lakeshore Blvd. W., s.w. cor. Royal York Road
62 years ago - Mimico - Sunday, February 13, 1955
Max temp: -5.6°C - Min temp: -15.0°C - 1.8cm of snowfall - 3.0cm of snow on the ground (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1955 Historic photo from Sunday, February 13, 1955 - Lynne Lodge boathouse - estate of Frederick Barnard Fetherstonhaugh - Lakeshore Blvd. W., s.w. cor. Royal York Road in MimicoLynne Lodge boathouse - estate of Frederick Barnard Fetherstonhaugh - Lakeshore Blvd. W., s.w. cor. Royal York Road
62 years ago - Mimico - Sunday, February 13, 1955
Max temp: -5.6°C - Min temp: -15.0°C - 1.8cm of snowfall - 3.0cm of snow on the ground (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)