Sir Henry Pellatt Will Return To Casa Loma for First Time.

Aug 10, 1937

 

Sir Henry Pellatt Will Return To Casa Loma for First Time.

Sir Henry Pellatt. who twenty-six years ago, started to build Casa Loma, and has consistently refused to visit the castle since he moved away,

 

Sir Henry Pellatt. who twenty-six years ago, started to build Casa Loma, and has consistently refused to visit the castle since he moved away,will this Thursday be guest of honor at a luncheon to be given for him at Casa Loma by the Kiwanis Club of West Toronto, the club now operating the castle for the benefit of many under-privileged children.

The affair will be a “surprise party.” according to W. C. David-son, K.C.. Chairman of the Casa Loma Committee for the Kiwanians. “Sir Henry hasn’t the faintest idea it is going to be a luncheon in his honor,” he said. “The Kiwanis Club members know nothing of the affair, either. They think it is a regular Thurs-day meeting.”
But the cat was let out of the bag today when invitations were received by many prominent citizens who have aided the Kiwanis Club in reopening the castle. Speeches will be brief. Mr. Davidson said. Honor will be paid to Sir Henry for his vision in building the castle, which is now proving a successful show plates for tourists.

For writing essays on ‘”My Trip Through Casa Loma,” these children won prizes from the West Toronto Kiwanis Club last night. Marjory Wilson (left) named her live prize “Casa Loma,” while Arnold Stearman (right) of Uxbridge won a bicycle.
WOULD MAKE CASTLE MECCA FOR TOURISTS
Trernendous Revenue -From Rentals and Admission Fee Predicted
IN PROPERTY COMMITTEE

Dionne quintuplets to live in the $1,700,000 Castle  for eight months in the year.

The Civic Property Committee debated the advisability yesterday of attempting to get the
Should such a scheme prove feasible, it was argued, space in the rest of the empty castle could easily be rented by the city to restaurants. shops and film companies. It was felt that no difficulty would be encountered in renting these quarters because of the hundreds of ‘thousands of tourists who would be drawn to the spot from all corners of the globe.
Hollywood Would Pay.
Hollywood film corporations, it was also believed. would be more than anxious to filth the romantic castle, and would pay enormous sums for the right to erect stage sets and offices within its interior. It was contended yesterday, in fact, that the entire project would prove to be “the greatest tourist attraction in Canada.”
Alderman Percy Quinn, who made . he original suggestion at yesterday’s ‘, meeting, was appointed as a committee of one to hold a conference with Property Commissioner Graham Bland and go into the entire matter. The two civic officials, it was further decided, should then interview the guardians of the quintuplets and report bark their find-‘ info to the Property Committee.
Advertising Value.
More than 1,000.000 persons had already gone to Callander to get a glimpse of the quints, Aldermen Quinn informed the meeting, and this enormous crowd could in future be brought to Toronto under his scheme. He believed, as well, that it would prove to he the biggest advertisement for this city that could possibly be obtained.
The Alderman even suggested that a nominal charge of 50 cents on week-days and one dollar during the week-ends and holidays could be made before any one was allowed to step inside the Casa Loma grounds. The quints would only 4tave to live in the castle for eight ‘Months of each year, he said, and would be free to return to Calender for the other four months. ‘The city, under this scheme, could make enough money in twenty years,” he argued, “to pay off the entire national debt of Canada”.

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