Keg Mansion

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Euclid Hall in 2005

The Keg Mansion and Keg Manor are the names used for a subset of Canadian restaurants under The Keg brand. These are located in heritage buildings adapted to serve as commercial restaurant establishments.

The Keg Mansion, formally known as "Euclid Hall"

Toronto's Keg Mansion is located in Euclid Hall, a prominent downtown heritage building[1] located at 515 Jarvis Street. The house was originally built in 1868 by Arthur McMaster, nephew of the prominent businessman William McMaster. At the time Jarvis Street was one of the wealthiest parts of Toronto and the street was lined by large manors. The house was set back from the street and surrounded by large gardens.[2]

The former house has a neutral colour palette with pops of colour as in the green brass accents over the windows and red shingles on the turret. The hall uses the soft, deep colours to contrast the hard, crisp edges. As a residence, it consisted of twenty six rooms and seventeen fireplaces with a stable and large brick carriage house in the back.[3] With significant alterations to the interior having been made since its era as a dwelling, the interior is now very different from the original.[4]

In 1882, it was purchased by Hart Massey and his wife who had just returned to Toronto from Cleveland. The Masseys renovated the house and added a turret, verandah, and greenhouse, but the original Gothic façade was not significantly altered.[5] Hart Massey's sons bought homes surrounding the manor. To the north his son Chester D. Massey built the home where Hart's grandchildren Vincent and Raymond were raised.

As the area became more urban and various commercial operations moved into the area, the Masseys decided to leave. The building was then bequeathed to the University of Toronto's Victoria College in 1915. The manor served as the first home of Toronto radio station CFRB in the 1920s and was home to an art gallery for several decades until 1960. It then became a restaurant named Julie's Mansion. The grounds were sold off and the greenhouses demolished and replaced with a service station. In 1976 it became home to a The Keg restaurant, and it was renamed the Keg Mansion.

Keg Manor[edit]

Ottawa's Keg Manor is located at the Maplelawn historic garden and residence, a 19th-century stone house along the Ottawa River, just off Richmond Road. At the time of construction, the road was a trail known as the Macadam Road, leading from Bytown to the village of Richmond, Ontario.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Heritage Property Detail for 515 Jarvis Street
  2. ^ Cruickshank, Tom; De Visser, John (2008). Old Toronto Houses (2nd Edition). Richmond Hill, Ontario: Firefly Books. p. 64. 
  3. ^ Martyn, Lucy Booth (1984). Toronto, 100 years of Grandeur: The Inside Stories of Toronto’s Great Homes and the People who Lived There. Toronto: Pagurian Press. p. 180. 
  4. ^ Martyn, Lucy Booth (1984). Toronto, 100 years of Grandeur: The Inside Stories of Toronto’s Great Homes and the People who Lived There. Toronto: Pagurian Press. p. 180. 
  5. ^ Cruickshank, Tom; De Visser, John (2008). Old Toronto Houses (2nd Edition). Richmond Hill, Ontario: Firefly Books. p. 64. 

Coordinates: 43°40′01″N 79°22′41″W / 43.666832°N 79.377943°W / 43.666832; -79.377943