Doors at Colborne Lodge

Dan at No Facilities blog is hosting the Thursday Doors photography challenge. The challenge is open to everyone to participate in. Here’s my entry this week.

Colborne Lodge, located in the west end of Toronto, sits on top of the highest point of the Humber Bay shoreline, overlooking Lake Ontario. The building is a rare North American example of a Regency cottage with a wide veranda opening to the garden and the park.

Colborne Lodge built by John Howard in 1837.
Colborne Lodge built by John Howard in 1837.

The front door is on the west side of the building. The parlour’s three French windows connect it to the verandah, providing comfortable views of the lake in both summer and winter. At the heart of the structure is a tall three-part chimney that provided heat for the house.

Colborne Lodge entrance.
West side of Colborne Lodge with the front door on the right.

John Howard emigrated from England with his wife Jemima in 1832. He worked first as an architect, then as a city surveyor and engineer. He built Colborne Lodge in 1837 and named the residence after Sir John Colborne, Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada. The house was originally one storey, but Howard later expanded it by adding an upper level.

Additional building next to Colborne Lodge.

Howard also built another building, next to Colborne Lodge, for additional work space and storage. Colborne Lodge is now a museum run by the City of Toronto.

How many doors do you see?

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27 thoughts on “Doors at Colborne Lodge

  1. Dan Antion December 10, 2020 / 7:06 am

    I lost count of the doors, but this is a wonderful post. I love reading about the history of buildings, especially ones that were expanded. Thanks for joining the challenge.


    • Natalie December 10, 2020 / 9:33 am

      Dan, Thank you for hosting the challenge. It’s fun and makes me organize my ideas and photos into a post with a theme. I look forward to your next post of favourite doors from 2020.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Jill Weatherholt December 10, 2020 / 7:27 am

    That’s a lot of doors, Natalie. I wonder if they all lead to the same space? Nice job on the challenge!


    • Natalie December 10, 2020 / 9:36 am

      Jill, With so many doors, this site would be fun to play hide and seek πŸ™‚ The French doors in the first photo lead to the same room. The doors in the last photo lead to separate spaces.

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  3. restlessjo December 10, 2020 / 3:31 pm

    Oops- forgot to count the doors! Next time πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Thanks, Natalie!


  4. csuhpat1 December 10, 2020 / 8:21 pm

    What a wonderful place. I think I counted six doors. Thanks for sharing it.


    • Natalie December 10, 2020 / 8:32 pm

      Thank you for counting, Patrick. Six doors and more windows.


  5. Teresa December 10, 2020 / 9:06 pm

    Great cottage photos, Natalie!


    • Natalie December 10, 2020 / 9:11 pm

      Thank you, Teresa, for your visit and comment. I greatly appreciate it.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Patricia Furstenberg December 10, 2020 / 9:49 pm

    What a charming house πŸ™‚ I like the triple chimney, much like a ship’s.
    Thank you for the historical background. It helps placing the spot in time and place.

    I counted 10 doors. Have I counted some twice?



    • Natalie December 11, 2020 / 11:20 am

      Thank you, Patricia, for your visit and comment. There are six doors (one in the second photo and five in the third photo). The first photo has three tall French windows which allow light to enter inside. The French windows are not used for people to enter or exit unless it’s an emergency. There are a few smaller windows at the cottage and the brown building.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie December 11, 2020 / 11:21 am

      Hi Donna, This is an interesting site πŸ™‚ Thank you for stopping by. Have a nice weekend!


  7. robertawrites235681907 December 11, 2020 / 1:24 am

    Thank you, Natalie, for sharing these interesting doors and the history. I really enjoyed it.


    • Natalie December 11, 2020 / 11:22 am

      Thank you, Roberta, for your visit and comment. I greatly appreciate it.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. ljcillustration December 11, 2020 / 11:33 am

    Interesting lodge. I was fascinated with how big the chimney looked in the first photo.


    • Natalie December 11, 2020 / 12:09 pm

      Thank you, Lin, for your visit and comment. Yes, the chimney gives this lodge a unique look.


  9. marianallen December 11, 2020 / 1:35 pm

    In the final picture, I *see* five, but I’m assuming one sliding or French door under the awning. πŸ™‚


    • Natalie December 11, 2020 / 2:41 pm

      Thank you, Marian, for your visit and comment. Yes, five doors in the final photo.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. December 12, 2020 / 12:00 am

    Oh to sit out on that veranda on a pleasant, sunny day and sip some tea or maybe a mojito. It seems like a tea-sipping kind of spot. I like that it isn’t just a straight porch but wraps around the angels of the house instead. I like the barn doors on the work space building. We need to install a door between our bedroom and master bath. Someone suggested a barn door. I think it might be perfect.


    • Natalie December 12, 2020 / 11:04 am

      Leslie, Sitting out on that veranda and sipping some tea sound wonderful, The views are beautiful from there. Sliding barn doors save space and provide privacy.


  11. Jean Reinhardt December 12, 2020 / 11:40 am

    Apart from it’s Victorian chimneys, that house looks quite modern. I love the porch, what a great place to sit and chill.


    • Natalie December 12, 2020 / 12:31 pm

      Thank you, Jean, for your visit and comment. The views from the wrap around porch are very nice: green park space, walking trails, and Lake Ontario in the distance.


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