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Sir Henry Pellatt:

 

King of Casa Loma

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Tunnel

The tunnel, which Lennox referred to as the subway, was to connect the castle with the country home and the stables and provide a conduit for goods and steam heat. Excavation was done with picks and shovels, aided by a plough and horse-drawn scaper.

Sir Henry had difficulty getting a permit to dig up the roadway but the city officials caved in. The subway was built in two sections, two concentric tunnels, one inside the other, with an air space in between them. It was 800 feet long and buried 18 feet beneath the road's surface.

The route went diagonally under the road and under the cottage and by the potting shed. The family that lived in the corner house could gain access to the tunnel from a stairway.

The tunnel was a natural route for the staff and transporting of flowers, plants and produce and Sir Henry could

The tunnel as remained solid in spite of countless thousands of vehicles including many busses that have driven over it. It had to to cleared of asbestos insulation at one time but has never been flooded.

 

 

 

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