Mackenzie House

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Mackenzie House
Mackenzie House.JPG
Established 1936
Location 82 Bond Street, Toronto, Ontario Canada
Type Municipal Museum
Website Mackenzie House

Mackenzie House is a historic building and museum in Toronto, Canada that was the last home of William Lyon Mackenzie, the city's first mayor.

The house was built in 1830 by Major Andrew Patton, formerly of the 45th regiment and barrack master of York Garrison, where he lived until his death in 1835. In 1835 Mackenzie leased the property and lived there until 1837, when he sold the lease. The advertisement for the lease appeared in the January 11, 1837 issue of his newspaper, The Constitution. After Mackenzie's failed rebellion the house was taken by the government and occupied by Colonel Hill and then Colonel Bagot.[1]

Mackenzie was forced into exile in the United States after having led the Rebellion of 1837. He returned to the newly created Province of Canada in 1850. Mackenzie returned to Canada in dire financial states. The house was bought for Mackenzie by his friends and supporters in 1858. He died in the house in 1861; His wife and three daughters stayed in the house for another ten years.

The neighbouring row houses were demolished in 1936, while Mackenzie's grandson, William Lyon Mackenzie King, was Prime Minister. However, this house was saved because of its historical significance. Designed in the Georgian architecture style, today the house serves as a municipally-run historic house museum about 1860s Victorian life.

An interesting addition to the grounds are the side panels of the Memorial Arch that once stood at the foot of the Honeymoon Bridge in Niagara Falls, Ontario.[2] Built in 1930s, the arch was demolished in 1960s and the panels stored until it was moved to Toronto in 1974. It is installed in an area next to the historic home.


Affiliations[edit]

The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.

References[edit]

  • Mackenzie House
  • Cruikshank, Tom. Old Toronto Houses. Toronto: Firefly Books, 2003.

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 43°39′20″N 79°22′42″W / 43.655665°N 79.378291°W / 43.655665; -79.378291