SIR HENRY PELLATT: THE KING OF CASA LOMA
Volume 10 Number 4.
To anyone who has ever visited or even seen from afar, the astonishing pile that Toronto calls simply "The Castle," there is a certain fascination in the story of its creator, Sir Henry Pellatt. His history shows him to have been a businessman dangerous to deal with, a deluded dreamer, and at last, a rather pathetic figure. He spent lavishly in his days of prosperity, and brought a good many trusting innocents, including most of his family, down in his fall. His fairy-tale castle was never actually completed, although he lived in it for some ten years, and he was forced at last to leave it to find ever humbler quarters until he died in the home of one of his servants, penniless.
This is a carefully researched but very badly written and discursive book, one that fairly cries out for the attentions of a ruthless editor. Readers with a specialized interest in turn-of-the-century Toronto and its well-upholstered citizenry, in the wheeling and dealing that led to the creation of the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario and in some of the shadier business practices of the era may find this copiously documented, nicely illustrated work of interest.
Joan McGrath, Toronto Board of Education, Toronto, ON.
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