Tuesday, December 23, 2014

What then of Eaton Hall?

 Photo by Barry Wallace
Above is a fairly recent photograph of Eaton Hall on the grounds of Seneca College's King Campus. Below is a photo of Eaton Hall shortly after it was built in the late 1930s.   I have been told recently that the Eaton Hall building is no longer an active part of the day-to-day functioning of Seneca College: that it is closed and not open to the public.   It last served as a conference centre.   Apparently, the famous King Township landmark is falling into disrepair and is the subject of much speculation as to its future.   It seems there are many large question marks as to its future.   Surely it is inconceivable that this Canadian landmark could cease to exist.   This French-style chateau is now 75 years old, but must still be structurally sound and could last well into the next century and beyond. The municipality of King Township could never alone afford to rejuvenate this historic building, but could certainly lead a coming-together of other levels of government, business interests, charitable foundations, private support, and of course Seneca itself, to preserve a key part of the township's cultural and community history.   Who shall step forward?   
Photo: Cairns family collection
Please comment if you wish.
Barry Wallace

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