Here’s what the Cornell farmhouse looked like from an early 1900’s photo. This is referred to as being in the Ontario Regency Cottage (ORC) style of home. Characteristics included a low & wide roof, large windows, high chimneys and a large front facade. The family owned extensive land across what is now Kingston Road down to Lake Ontario. This is a copy of the first photo taken of the house. It was originally built in 1836. Parks Canada now occupies the home proper and were on hand to advise on the history of this home and site.
June 2014 – Here’s what the farmhouse looks like today. The family deeded the home to the City of Toronto, which includes the house pictured here, the original barn, and farm buildings along with a large plot of land. Green acres!
Cornell-Campbell farm June 2014 front gardens maintained by the city of Toronto. The most formal gardens of the day were these ones found on the farm. Not quite Versailles – but hey – we’re in Scarborough today.
Now it’s 1913 – meet the Cornells! We’re going to see the barn in the background in a minute. It’s still looking strong in 2014.
Kitchen confidential a-la- turn of the last century – except for the crazy light fixture. Who’s up for some dishes tonight? The kitchen is part of the rear extension of the house added in the 1800’s.
For all you chick lovers- here’s the old bird bath at the Cornell-Campbell farm. The concrete mimics a tree. (Foreshadowing the pools I saw later on the estates of the Scarborough bluffs).
The city rents out these community garden plots on the farm! Veggies and plants were in full swing. The fencing is there to keep out the current ground hog family. The original family Barn is in the background! If you visit, the local Horticultural society has a masterful garden along the drive up to the house. You can’t miss it!
For all of you wanting to see the back of the Cornell-Campbell farm where we first saw the kitchen… here it is! Great old door, and smoky olive paint. Time standing still in the city. Worth noting, Albert and Helen Campbell lived here, and Albert served as Reeve and Mayor of Scarborough.