Why I Love Toronto Because of Doors Open Toronto Reason #268
Now I am an Etobicoke boy born and raised, gosh I was growing up when Etobicoke was still a city and Doug Holyday was the mayor and I was 8 when it became apart of Toronto. Anyways, when we think of Doors Open Toronto we think downtown core not Etobicoke, but the west end has some cool Doors Open events as well and Montgomery’s inn is one of them. Built in 1830 it is said to be one of the best examples of either Loyalist or late Georgian architecture because of its symmetrical balance.
The home was that of Thomas Montgomery an Irish Man who came to Canada at the age of 25 and his wife Margaret. The two ran an inn which was so successful a bar, ballroom and second kitchen needed to be added. The inn had its best success during the wave of Irish immigrants that came to the city during the potato famine. The Montgomery’s had a huge chunk of property in Etobicoke from Bloor to Dundas Street and from Kipling to Royal York. Only operating as an inn for around 25 years it closed after Margaret passed in 1855. After her death the inn was used as a tenant for farmers, Presbyterian Church and community centre. In 1975 it became a museum and was restored. The restoration was a big task because when the inn served as the church the interior was greatly altered and the restorers had to model it back to the way it was when the Montgomery’s were there. This included rebuilding the main staircase. Last year new documents and records were found and the building was supposed to go through a re-restoration – but I’m not sure if that occurred because of the city’s budget. Like most buildings in this city there was once a plan to demolish the inn and last year the Inn was under threat when the city of Toronto proposed closing it to balance the books.
Now inside the artifacts are not those of the Montgomery’s but they reflect the time era. The sign of the building is actually the original sign and was found at a local woman’s house after she took the sign home after finding it in the garbage.
So I know we all love Toronto and the downtown core, but we should show some love to the burbs. So if you get a chance, I suggest coming down to Etobicoke and checking out the inn. I’ve been there not only for doors open, but on field trips as well as it is one of the hottest field trip spots for us Etobicoke school children.
That Is Why I Love Toronto