University of Toronto
Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister, purchased the house in 1876 and lived there 1876-78. It was built in 1872 in the French Second Empire style by Nathaniel Dickey, a Toronto iron founder. Macdonald owned the property until 1886 and it was occupied by his son, Hugh John, 1879-82. The Hon. Oliver Mowat, prime minister of Ontario, bought and occupied the house in 1888 and retained ownership until 1902. The property was leased, 1897-98, to the Hon. Arthur Sturgis Hardy who succeeded Mowat as prime minister and sold to Knox College in 1910.
In honour of Sir John A. Macdonald's 200th birthday, we invite you to support the restoration of one of U of T's most prominent landmarks by making a contribution today.