Ashbridge Estate

Conservation/Preservation:

Architecture

The oldest house remaining on the site, the Jesse Ashbridge House, was built in 1854 according to a design by Joseph Sheard, architect and Toronto mayor (1871-72).

  • A blend of Neo-Classical brick quoins.
  • Decorative cornice brickwork and Regency style (as seen in the veranda’s bellcast roof and fanciful arcaded treillage).
  • The mansard roof is in the Shingle Style, added c. 1899.

Artefacts

A significant collection of household and personal artefacts:

  • The original land grant and wax seals, samplers, a conch shell, a family bible, an 1888 canoe, and bean pot are other artifacts that express the scope of the collection, dating from the 19th┬áto the early 20th┬ácentury.

Archives

A large collection of archival documents representing the personal characteristics, tastes and influences that affected six generations of the Ashbridge family.

Public Programming:

Tours

Open seasonally to the public during special events such as Doors Open Toronto and Toronto Heritage Week.