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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 26, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 LETHBRIDOB HERALD Thursday, November 36, T970------------------------'--------------- For a relic, famed old Casa Loma holding own TORONTO (CP) Today it might cost million to build, but if your idea of a home is a castle, Casa Loma is the sort of place you should have to There are plenty of rooms for one thing 93 altogether, and tot doesn't include 30 bat li- rooms, 25 fireplaces, 52 tele- phones, three bowling alleys and plenty of turrets and battle- ments to set the whole thing off. There are, however, certain drawbacks as the previous owner, Sir Henry Pellalt, found out. It may only have cost him million 'to build this edifice of marble and mahogany between 1911 and 1913, but the taxes were another stcry. In the blueprint stage in 1910, the taxes on the 25 acres that made up the estate were a year. But even as the Pellatts moved in the taxes jumped. By 1920 they reached and it that wasn't enough, in the same period the fuel bill rose to a year and the servants' payroll went from to This was obviously something of a drawback as Sir Henry apparently felt too. In 1924 he moved out, auctioning off car- loads of glass, furniture and sculpture. He settled at his country estate and closed the castle, but continued to pay taxes until 1929. A New York syndicate tried to run it then as a luxury apart- ment-hotel but the project col- lapsed after six months with the arrival of the Depression. The city, forced to take it over, watched the unpaid tax bill mount during the next eight years until the Kiwanis Club of West Toronto took charge and developed the castle into a phi- lanthropic tourist attraction. TORONTO'S FAMED CASA IOMA Lombardo returns to native land During the last 33 years nearly six million people have paraded Uirough Cosa L o m a, and the Kiwanlans have tamed over more !han million to their charities. To Ihe visitor it might appear the castle's design was the re- sult of a had dream, but they would he wrong. On trips to Europe, Sir Ifenry, who made his millions by or- ganizing the Toronto Electric Light Company, sketched the castles and chateaux that im- pressed him most. These were turned over to his architect to produce a conglom- erate that would satisfy Sir Henry. It took a year and re- sulted in a strange alliance ol French, Italian, English and German influences. Among some of the a basement barracks to house the or so of the men of Sir Henry's Queen's Own Rifles regiment, of which he was com- manding officer from 1901 to 1921, and a quarter mile long underground passage to the stables where the name of each horse was picked out in 18-csrat gold. While the estate's original 25 acres may have dwindled over the years to 654, the s t e a d y stream of curious visitors to the castle shows no sign of abating. For an old relic, Casa Loma is holding its own. TOP LEVEL CONFERENCE STARTS Members of the Canadian and American federal cabinets are meeting in Ottawa this week on a par- ity of topics of mutual interest. Having a coffee before sitting down to business are: (left 1o right) Paul W. McCracken, chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors; David M. Kennedy, secretary of the U.S. Treasury; Canadian Finance Minister Edgar Benson; Louis Raskminiky, governor of the Bank of Canada. TORONTO (CP) Canadian- born bar leader Guy Lorn- bardo opened a dance music en- gagement Monday night, his first Toronto appearance in five years. Mr. Lombardo, 67, said in an Interview the secret of his suc- cess is simplicity. "Our style is very he said. "There's only one way to play music, and we play it that way; the popular songs of today and yesterday, with uncompli- cated arrangements, so people can understand what we're doing. "I think we give the compos- er's song the best interpreta- tion. Simplicity Is something that a lot of people don't under- stand. That's what makes a Rolls Royce the car, rather than using all chrome and funny curves. That's what makes a beautiful Mr. Lombardo said he sees a new musical trend developing through the current popularity of country and western music. "Every time there's a change coming up, we slip back into country and western or hillbilly. That's real Americana stuff. I think I've seen Your Cteatin' Heart become a hit about five times in my life Join the IN' Crowd! IN Ownership! IN Management! IN Profit Sharing! Just like the many thousands of Alberfans who hove found that Co-op way of owner- ship and business know-how has provided them wrih all of these things plus other bene- fits, you too can gain a new and exciting experience by joining the Purity Dairy Co-op Limited. 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