Ardwold - Sir John Craig Eaton and Lady Eaton

Ardwold was the home of Sir John Craig Eaton and Lady Eaton - the name means "high green hill" in gaelic. Built in 1911, it was demolished (some of the thicker walls requiring dynamite) only 25 years later in 1936. By all accounts it was one of the most dramatic houses in all of Canada, second only to Casa Loma next door. The land was purchased in 1909 and the existing home, Anne Arthurs's Ravenswood (1867-1909) was torn down. Architect A. Frank Wickson then designed the 50-room Georgian style estate, which included the expected music room, billiards room, and 14 bathrooms. But the house also included an elevator, a 5-room nursery suite complete with its own kitchen, a private hospital area, and an underground tunnel to the half-acre glassed in conservatory and indoor swimming pool. But guests were first introduced to the mansion in the two storey great hall complete with a pipe organ that Sir John would often play.

As with many estates along the escarpment just above Davenport Road, the 11 acres of gardens and grounds at Ardwold were noteworthy as well. The view south over Toronto was enhanced by the formal Italian-inspired gardens and fountains. Unfortunately the Ardwold estate was sold in 1936 after Sir John died of pneumonia in 1922, and Lady Eaton moved to her King City chateau. The land was divided up into what is now the Ardwold Gate subdivision.

Ardwold is just one of the many estates that have stood along "The Davenport Hill" in Toronto.

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1909 Historic photo from 1909 - Ardwold Gate - 480 Davenport Road in Casa LomaArdwold Gate - 480 Davenport Road
108 years ago - Casa Loma - 1909
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1911 Historic photo from 1911 - Model T in the driveway out front of Ardwold - home of Sir John Eaton and Lady Eaton, Spadina Road in Casa LomaModel T in the driveway out front of Ardwold - home of Sir John Eaton and Lady Eaton, Spadina Road
106 years ago - Casa Loma - 1911
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Looking up to the Glass cupola from the grounds of Ardwold in Casa LomaLooking up to the Glass cupola from the grounds of Ardwold
105 years ago - Casa Loma - 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Lodge on Spadina at AustinTerrace, entrance to Ardwold in Casa LomaLodge on Spadina at AustinTerrace, entrance to Ardwold
105 years ago - Casa Loma - 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from 1915 - Looking northwest from Casa Loma tower across Spadina House and Ardwold in Casa LomaLooking northwest from Casa Loma tower across Spadina House and Ardwold
102 years ago - Casa Loma - 1915
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1918 Historic photo from 1918 - Interior of Eatons residence at Ardwold - piano and artwork in South HillInterior of Eatons residence at Ardwold - piano and artwork
99 years ago - South Hill - 1918
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1920 Historic photo from 1920 - Sir John Eaton and Lady Eaton (left) and group at Ardwold Estate in Casa LomaSir John Eaton and Lady Eaton (left) and group at Ardwold Estate
97 years ago - Casa Loma - 1920
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1922 Historic photo from 1922 - South side of Ardwold in the snow in Casa LomaSouth side of Ardwold in the snow
95 years ago - Casa Loma - 1922
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1922 Historic photo from 1922 - Ardwold Estate demolished 1936 for Ardwold Gate subdivision in The AnnexArdwold Estate demolished 1936 for Ardwold Gate subdivision
95 years ago - The Annex - 1922
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1922 Historic photo from Thursday, July 20, 1922 - Garden Wall along Spadina Rd outside Ardwold in Casa LomaGarden Wall along Spadina Rd outside Ardwold
95 years ago - Casa Loma - Thursday, July 20, 1922
Max temp: 26.7°C - Min temp: 11.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1922 Historic photo from 1922 - Ardwold -  Sir John Craig Eaton's mansion - looking n.e. at right behind trees is Glen Edyth in The AnnexArdwold - Sir John Craig Eaton's mansion - looking n.e. at right behind trees is Glen Edyth
95 years ago - The Annex - 1922
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1926 Historic photo from 1926 - Wedding fashion parade at Ardwold in front of glassed in conservatory and indoor pool in Casa LomaWedding fashion parade at Ardwold in front of glassed in conservatory and indoor pool
91 years ago - Casa Loma - 1926
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1929 Historic photo from Wednesday, September 18, 1929 - Entrance to Ardwold, Eaton family residence, Spadina Road in Casa LomaEntrance to Ardwold, Eaton family residence, Spadina Road
88 years ago - Casa Loma - Wednesday, September 18, 1929
Max temp: 12.8°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)