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La storia del palazzo


La storia del palazzo

Chudleigh House

George Lissant Beardmore, a prosperous tanner, built the house, named for his birthplace, in 1871-72, with additions and alterations by architect Eden Smith in 1890. His son, George Wathen Beardmore, occupied the house until his death. In 1936 it was purchased by Toronto Casa d’Italia Limited for use as the Italian Consulate. The property was confiscated by and transferred to the Government of Canada in 1941, and, for almost twenty years, the building served as a barracks for the R.C.M.P.

On July 6, 1955, the Canadian Government transferred the property to representatives of the local Italian Community in trust and for the benefit of the said Community. On December 21, 1960, these representatives who were members of the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association (CIBPA) transferred the property to the Consul General of Italy in Toronto in trust for the Italian Republic retaining priority rights in the event the Consul General of Italy wished to sell or lease the property.

Between 1962 and 1977 the building housed COSTI (Centro Organizzativo Scuole Tecniche Italiane) and in 1979, after an extensive renovation, “Chudleigh” again became the home of Toronto’s Italian Consulate and has been used as such ever since.