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Feb-18-2010 Toronto Star – Delays leave castle a wreck

Masons are busy outside, but little has been done on ambitious pledge to remodel Casa Loma’s interior
by John Goddard February 8th 2010

After lavish promises to renew one of Toronto’s top tourist landmarks, the Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma has accomplished next to nothing in the last 20 months.

Missed deadlines figure in almost every aspect of a much-ballyhooed deal with the city to turn Henry Pellatt’s neo-Gothic castle into a modern museum and event centre.

Detailed proposals due last June to rework the castle and its outbuildings into fresh galleries, community venues, a theatre and possibly a five-star restaurant have been rejected as inadequate, city officials say.
A prescription for “the complete reinvigoration” of the third-floor galleries is more than a month overdue, with the board of trustees requesting a one-year extension.

While masons hired by the city continue to shore up the crumbling exterior, completion of almost every Kiwanis commitment scheduled this year remains in doubt,

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