Like so many of the old estates of Toronto, "Castle Frank" is remembered today mostly because it is the name of a subway station, unless you are one of the fortunate few to live south of Bloor Street, between Rosedale Valley Road and St. James Anglican Cemetery. However, Castle Frank's historical secret is that it was amongst the first big rural estates to be built north of Toronto's predecessor, the Town of York.
|A portrait of Simcoe painted circa 1881 by George Theodore Berthon.|
|THEN : A painting of the original "Castle Frank", rendered by Elizabeth Simcoe in 1796.|
|NOW : The tiled name of Castle Frank on the subway station walls is perhaps the greatest exposure that Torontonians have to the neighbourhood's eighteenth century history.|
|NOW : Three contemporary panoramas of the wooded grounds of the old Castle Frank estate.|