The Guild Inn
This past weekend I dog-sat for a cousin. All-in-all I will say that it was a great weekend, a long weekend of sorts since I looked after the puppy from Friday through Monday. She, my cousin, lives very close to me — it’s about a 5 minute drive, so I was able to commute and hang out at her place during the day and come back to my own residence at night, or during the day as needed.
The great thing about dog-sitting is the walks. I love going for walks, and having a dog along is an added bonus. She is a tiny, Boston terrier, full of energy and loves walks.
The great thing about dog-sitting was that my cousin lives near my favourite place in Toronto: The Guild Inn.
It is one of the few places in Scarborough that make it worth going to Scarborough, unless you live there, of course.
It was originally built in 1914 on top of the Scarborough Bluffs, located along Lake Ontario. It was built as a summer home for Colonel Harold Bickford. For a few years in the 1920’s it became a boarding school for the China Mission Seminary, but for most of the decade it remained a private property and was left abandoned much of the time.
In 1932 Rosa and Spencer Park bought the property and turned it into the Guild of All Arts, an artist’s colony. It remained so for most of the remainder of its history, except for a few years during World War II, when it became a WRENS (Womens’ Royal Canadian Naval Service) base, and then a recuperation centre for war veterans during the later years of the conflict. After the war it returned to use as an artist’s colony.
Today the buildings are shuttered and in disuse. The grounds are still in use as a city park. The park is underused and, personally, I’d love to turn it into a school-group destination focusing on history and ecology studies.
The grounds of the park are dotted with historical statues and building facades from early 20th century Toronto history. The park is not usually crowded, making it a great place to retreat to for moments of quiet contemplation.
It’s also a little creepy: which is cool.
These are some of my pictures from various visits to the site. The banner for Canadian Fermentation is also a picture I took of a carving at the Guild.