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The Stables at Casa Loma

Casa Loma, located in mid-town Toronto, is the former house of financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. It was constructed over a 3 year period from 1911 to 1914. At 98 rooms it was the largest private residence in the city. Today it’s a museum and historic landmark. Just north of the main house is the stable, potting shed & greenhouse and hunting lodge. The latter was open this weekend for Doors Open Toronto, an annual weekend dedicated to the city’s architecture.

The main house and the stable complex is connected by underground tunnels and during World War 2 “the stables of Casa Loma served as the site for the development of ASDIC, which stands for Anti-Submarine Detection investigation Committee, an early sonar apparatus.”

I had to wait a while to get this shot as there was a family who was making a living sitting on this bench. I finally decided to roam around and explore the rest of the complex and then headed back to the stables to see if I could get my clear shot. As you can see I did. As I was walking out I was approached by someone who works there who informed me that I wasn’t allowed to use a tripod. I apologized profusely and headed for the exit, smiling. I so love these little wins.

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stables of Casa Loma Toronto

41 responses

  1. It was worth the wait, fantastic shot and great colours.


    May 28, 2012 at 8:22 am

  2. 98 rooms eh. Image having to dust each week. 🙂 beautiful shot, Edith.


    May 28, 2012 at 8:32 am

  3. I’ve been there. I’m glad you got the shot. Lately, I don’t mind as much if there are people in the scene. I just try to watch for interesting people walking about. Maybe it’s my more recent street photography work that has made me less shy. You got another fine shot Edith. I’m happy the family moved away finally.


    May 28, 2012 at 9:57 am

    • Thanks Victor. In some situations I don’t mind if there’s people in the shot but in this instance I really wanted the detail in the stable to be the focal point.


      May 28, 2012 at 6:19 pm

  4. A win is a win! Well done!


    May 28, 2012 at 10:28 am

  5. Rick

    Just beg forgiveness! Nice shot!


    May 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

  6. Fantastic perspective… love it 🙂


    May 28, 2012 at 11:09 am

  7. Wonderful place and great shot. Thank you dear Edith Levy, fascinated me. Love, nia


    May 28, 2012 at 11:26 am

  8. Wonderful shot, Edith! Definitely worth the wait.


    May 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

  9. sil

    Hi Edith! I’ve nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Have a look at my post here: http://visualnotepad.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/awards/


    May 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm

  10. He/she who dares wins. Great shot Edith; lovely composition and nicely processed.


    May 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

  11. Awesome, awesome, awesome!! Love the details and tones here, Edith, and I am so happy you managed to capture this before the tripod police came down upon you! Wonderful work.


    May 28, 2012 at 3:12 pm

  12. That’s a gem of an image, Edith. Looks even better enlarged. I take images wherever I go, even if they stop me I will already have a few in the can! Are Tripods a ‘Health and Safety’ issue, or are you lucky enough not to have that ghastly concept in Canada!


    May 28, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    • Thanks Andy. Hmmm…I’ve never heard of it being refered to as a “Health and Safety” issue but that’s probably what it is. In any case I’m always mindful of people near by so that nobody trips because of my tripod. I suppose if there were 10 or more photographers with tripods it may pose a problem but its usually justlittle ole me.


      May 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm

  13. Great shot Edith. What a wonderful find!


    May 28, 2012 at 11:14 pm

  14. Gorgeous!


    May 29, 2012 at 12:08 am

  15. Mike

    What a great place. This is like “The Ritz” for horses! A very nice image Edith.


    May 29, 2012 at 2:32 am

  16. Len

    Beautifully captured and processed Edith. Your patience really paid off.


    May 29, 2012 at 7:25 am

  17. Great interior shot. Well worth the wait!


    May 29, 2012 at 7:56 am

  18. Laurie's Apron Strings

    Looks to perfect to be a photo. You did a great job on this one!!


    May 29, 2012 at 8:27 am

  19. Great shot, Edith. Love the large view, feels like you’re standing in the stable area.
    The processing on this is outstanding.


    May 29, 2012 at 8:38 am

  20. Jim Nix

    always nice to win against the tripod police, nice work Edith!


    May 29, 2012 at 10:42 am

  21. Nice one, Edith! Well worth the wait to get the timeless, people-less shot. (and another victory over the tripod police – a winner all round!)


    May 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm

  22. Rich McPeek

    Beautiful shot Edith! Love the color and detail and nice of them to let you know about the tripod “after” you got the shot! 🙂


    May 30, 2012 at 7:54 am

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  24. I really like this one Edith!!


    May 30, 2012 at 11:37 pm

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  27. In the early 1900’s my grandmother lived at 450 Avenue road and watched Castle Loma being built. I visited it many years ago. What a great place to photograph – wish I had some images from that visit.

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    January 7, 2016 at 1:20 pm

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