Eaton Hall (King City)

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Eaton Hall
In the foreground is a mowed lawn to the left and a paved road to the right. The road branches to circle an island of grass containing a large tree and a small fountain. A three-storey grey stone building with a brown roof is prominent behind them. Its entrance is partially obscured by the tree, and a three-storey rotunda is clearly visible fronting the right side of the building.
Eaton Hall (King City) is located in Ontario
Eaton Hall (King City)
General information
Architectural styleChâteauesque
LocationKing City, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates43°57′41″N 79°31′14″W / 43.9615°N 79.5206°W / 43.9615; -79.5206Coordinates: 43°57′41″N 79°31′14″W / 43.9615°N 79.5206°W / 43.9615; -79.5206
Construction started1938
Governing bodyPrivate
Technical details
Floor area33,000 sq ft (3,100 m2)[1]
Other information
Number of rooms60[1]

Eaton Hall is a large house in King City, Ontario, Canada, built in the Norman style for Lady Eaton in 1938-39 on a 700-acre (2.8 km²) parcel of land (partly the Ferguson farm). Lady Eaton and her husband, Sir John Craig Eaton acquired the land in 1920 and 1922 on recommendation from their friend Sir Henry Pellatt, who owned the nearby Mary Lake property.[2] Lady Eaton moved into Eaton Hall three years after selling her city mansion, Ardwold. The house is adjacent to a body of water named Lake Jonda (a combination of the first three letters of her son John David Eaton's first and middle names), and nestled within the temperate forests of King Township. Upon completion, it contained 72 rooms. It became a beloved gathering place for the Eaton Family, owners of the Eaton's department stores based in Toronto.


Site plans and surveys for the property dating from 1921 to the 1930s all refer to its location being in Eversley.[3] Design was started in 1932 by architects Peter L. Allward and George Roper Gouinlock, son of architect George Wallace Gouinlock (later by firm Allward and Gouinlock). Construction was completed in 1939 and was supervised by John W. Bowser of the Aurora Building Company.[4] Its construction incorporated stones sourced from the nearby Humber River.[1]

A history of the estate, Eaton Hall: Pride of King Township, was written by local author and historian Kelly Mathews, published by The History Press, an imprint of Dundurn Press in June 2015.

Further uses[edit]

Flora Eaton was a member of the Toronto Hunt Club.[5] In 1929, it split into the Eglinton Hunt Club and the Toronto and North York Hunt Club.[5] Hunters of the latter held regular outings, meeting for breakfast at Eaton Hall, riding in the adjacent Pellatt Estate, then ending the day with an afternoon tea at Eaton Hall.[5]

During WWII, the property was used as a convalescent hospital and rehabilitation centre for the Royal Canadian Navy from 1944 to 1946.[2]

After Lady Eaton's death in 1970, the land was sold to Seneca College, which was then a provincially funded college of applied arts and technology. It established its King Campus operations on that land in 1971, using Eaton Hall as its administrative facility. In 1977, a new facility was built for the expanding college, and Eaton Hall became a Management Development Centre until 1991, at which time it was converted to a public hotel and conference centre.[1]

Filming location[edit]

Many movies and television programs have been filmed at Eaton Hall, including Death Weekend, Mrs. Winterbourne,[6] and the final scene of the award-winning film A History of Violence.



  • Filey, Mike (1997). "Going on Location at Eaton Hall". Toronto Sketches 5: The Way We Were. Dundurn Press. ISBN 978-1-55002-292-6.
  • Hanes, Tracy (6 March 1997). "Grandeur in the GTA Stately mansions reminder of our past glories". Toronto Star. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  • Hopkins, Jeanne (1 August 1991). "Hunt club met at Eaton Hall". Toronto Star. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  • Mathews, Kelly (2015). Eaton Hall: Pride of King Township. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9781626199347.
  • "Chapter 1 & 2: Prehistory" (PDF). The Seneca Story. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  • "King Heritage Map Gallery" (PDF). Township of King Heritage Committee. May 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-28.CS1 maint: others (link)

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