Preston Villa (Earlscourt Park)

Earlscourt Park, one of Toronto's busiest parks, was originally home to the Cooper family who lived there as far back as the 1830's, then sold to the Royce family. The house, Preston Villa, was built around 1854, and included many classical details with a distinctive regency awning (at least until 1934). It stood on a slight rise just north of Davenport, east of Caledonia Road. In 1920 Colonel George Cooper Royce sold the house and the 32-acre (13-hectare) estate to the City of Toronto for a park, which had its official opening on on Saturday, October 23, 1920. Preston Villa served as a community clubhouse and park superintendent's home over the next 35 years, before it was eventually demolished in 1955.

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1854 Historic photo from 1854 - Preston Villa - Cooper/Royce Home - Earlscourt Park in Little Italy (St. Clair)Preston Villa - Cooper/Royce Home - Earlscourt Park
163 years ago - Little Italy (St. Clair) - 1854
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1893 Historic photo from 1893 - Coloured version of 1893 sketch of Preston Villa (now Earlscourt Park) Davenport and Lansdowne Ave. in Little Italy (St. Clair)Coloured version of 1893 sketch of Preston Villa (now Earlscourt Park) Davenport and Lansdowne Ave.
124 years ago - Little Italy (St. Clair) - 1893
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1934 Historic photo from Friday, April 13, 1934 - Preston Villa, Cooper/Royce Home and future park clubhouse in Little Italy (St. Clair)Preston Villa, Cooper/Royce Home and future park clubhouse
83 years ago - Little Italy (St. Clair) - Friday, April 13, 1934
Max temp: 3.3°C - Min temp: -2.2°C - 0.3cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1934 Historic photo from Friday, April 13, 1934 - Close-up of the side of Preston Villa (then the park clubhouse) in Little Italy (St. Clair)Close-up of the side of Preston Villa (then the park clubhouse)
83 years ago - Little Italy (St. Clair) - Friday, April 13, 1934
Max temp: 3.3°C - Min temp: -2.2°C - 0.3cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1934 Historic photo from Friday, April 13, 1934 - Sideview of the deteriorating Earlscourt Park Clubhouse verandah (originally Preston Villa) in Little Italy (St. Clair)Sideview of the deteriorating Earlscourt Park Clubhouse verandah (originally Preston Villa)
83 years ago - Little Italy (St. Clair) - Friday, April 13, 1934
Max temp: 3.3°C - Min temp: -2.2°C - 0.3cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1955 Historic photo from Saturday, April 9, 1955 - Preston Villa - George Cooper house -  Davenport Road, n.w. cor. Lansdowne Ave in Little Italy (St. Clair)Preston Villa - George Cooper house - Davenport Road, n.w. cor. Lansdowne Ave
62 years ago - Little Italy (St. Clair) - Saturday, April 9, 1955
Max temp: 22.8°C - Min temp: 3.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)