Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto

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Mount Pleasant Cemetery
National Historic Site of Canada
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Eaton, Toronto 3121.JPG
The Timothy Eaton family crypt
Coordinates: 43°41′45″N 79°23′05″W / 43.69583°N 79.38472°W / 43.69583; -79.38472Coordinates: 43°41′45″N 79°23′05″W / 43.69583°N 79.38472°W / 43.69583; -79.38472
Province Ontario
Municipality Toronto
Original use Cemetery
Current use Cemetery
Administrative body Mount Pleasant Group
Designated as a NHSC 2000

Mount Pleasant Cemetery is a cemetery located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

In the early 19th century, the only authorized cemeteries within the city of Toronto (then known as York) were limited to the members of either the Roman Catholic Church or the Church of England. Deceased citizens who did not belong to either of these Christian denominations had no choice but to find burial arrangements outside of the city. In 1873, a new cemetery available to all citizens was conceived. Originally a 200 acres (0.81 km2) farm, on the far outskirts of Toronto, Mount Pleasant Cemetery opened on November 4, 1876 with more than twelve miles (19 km) of carriage drives along rolling hills and ponds. Mount Pleasant Road was later constructed to pass through the centre of the cemetery and is named after this cemetery. With the growth in population, today the cemetery is located in the centre of the city. While the watercourses have since been filled in, the cemetery still has many miles of walking paths, interspersed with fountains, statues, botanical gardens, and rare and distinct trees.

As the final resting place of more than 168,000 persons, Mount Pleasant Cemetery contains remarkable architecture amongst its many monuments. The cemetery was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2000.[1][2]

Mount Pleasant Visitation Centre[edit]

Visitation Centre
Mount Pleasant Cemetery in spring.

Completed in the Fall of 2009, the Mount Pleasant Visitation Centre is a new building of approximately 2,200 square meters in size built on the cemetery grounds and providing visitation space and chapel services. [3]

The cemetery began planning the building as early as 2004, but disputes with the City of Toronto, local ratepayer associations, and the Ontario Municipal Board all delayed the project. Changes were made as a result of this process, most notably vehicle access is now through the cemetery grounds only (near the cemetery offices), not directly from Moore Avenue. [4] [5]

Notable interments[edit]

Veterans

Titanic

  • Arthur Godfrey Peuchen Lieutenant-Colonel (April 18, 1859 – December 7, 1929) was a Canadian businessman and RMS Titanic survivor. He was also a WWI veteran.

Medicine Personalities

Music Personalities

Businesspeople

The Massey Family crypt, designed by E.J. Lennox in the Romanesque Revival style.
Rogers family crypt.

Politicians

Premiers of Ontario:

Lieutenant Governors of Ontario:

Mayors of Toronto:

Clergymen

Sports Personalities

Other

Foster Hewitt's grave

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Directory of Designations of National Historic Significance of Canada
  2. ^ Mount Pleasant Cemetery, National Register of Historic Places
  3. ^ http://www.visitationcentre.ca/MP_new-visit.html Accessed October 2nd, 2009
  4. ^ http://www.visitationcentre.ca/MP_design.html Accessed October 2nd, 2009
  5. ^ http://www.moorepark.org/ Accessed October 2nd, 2009
  6. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report.

David Gold

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