Two symmetrical circular walkways lead to an alabaster white rounded porch of this small chestnut-color brick building. Built in 1822 for a Chief Justice of Upper Canada, this is the oldest surviving building of the Town of York. In fact, it was built elsewhere, and transported on large trucks to its present location. Beautiful accent lights grace the building and the garden at night, creating some unique photo-ops.
Inside. Time, as relentless as we know it, has no power over this building. Everything about it conveys warmth, comfort and reassurance of tradition. Its interior is a study in charm. In its 6 rooms, you will find early 19th century period furniture, elaborate wood carvings, wood-burning fireplaces and paintings. Most of the space – including a room suitable as a Bridal Suite – can be made available for your party of up to 50 guests. A sample set-up could include a ceremony in the historic drawing room on the main floor, reception or dinner on the 2nd floor’s Ballroom, and dancefloor on the lower level.
Suitability. This venue could be perfect for a Jane Austen theme wedding, if you are interested in early Canadian history (a guided tour with the available member of staff could become part of your wedding entertainment), or perhaps if you are a lawyer. The building imposes no limitations on photography or music (indoors). Of course, items of historic value will not be available for your use.You will need to keep in mind that the building is not wheelchair accessible, does not provide free guest parking, and does not have audio-visual equipment in house.
Costs. Rent for a full day (including HST) is $1,500, plus staffing fee (around $200). Catering options are limited to A la Carte Kitchen or Toben Food by Design. The catering company will provide banquet furniture, linens and tableware, as well as the set-up. Landmark fee of 10% will apply to your food and beverage bill.
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