For the locals, Dundurn Castle would have been as opulent as you could get, a home built to entertain high-society and visiting nobility, and establish its owner, Sir Allan Napier MacNab as a man of importance, influence and ancestry.
Naturally, I fell in love with it all and took as many pictures as our tour guide would allow without me lagging too far behind the group (unfortunately I was NOT allowed to explore the house by myself *insert frowny face*) I've paired it down to a chosen few favorites. So, without further preamble, here is the upstairs portion of Dundurn Castle:
|Front entranceway with colonnade.|
|Rear of the mansion.|
|Children's work table in their nursery suite.|
Ladies were taught at home with a governess or tutor whereas boys were
sent away to school. Suitable subjects were music, art and
embroidery, all of which I would have failed at, except perhaps
for art :)
|Birdcage on the children's windowsill.|
|Dining room fit for a king with silver candelabra and a magnificent crystal chandelier,|
originally lit by candles, but now electric.
|The Drawing Room.|
After dinner entertaining happened here before the gentlemen might retire to discuss business and
smoke in MacNab's study. Anyone for a game of whist? How about charades or a song?
|One of three pianos we passed during the tour. Music was more than|
an accomplishment during Victorian times, it was a way of life.
|Grand spiraling staircase leading down to the main entryway. Unlike many of the|
rooms in the house with large windows to let in light, I found the entryway
quite gloomy with the heavy double doors closed, and therefore difficult to photograph.
|Sir MacNab's bed. |
His room and it's off suite dressing chamber are the biggest in the house. That bed is really
something, isn't it? Fit for a king.
|Sir MacNab's dressing room with a cupboard for his washstand. His butler |
served as valet and would lay out his clothes each day, ensuring they were in good
|Lady Mary enjoyed charity work, which unfortunately led to her catching Tuberculosis, an|
incurable illness in Victorian times. Medicines, like those above, were mostly tinctures and
powders used for keeping the patient comfortable while nature took it's course, and sometimes they did more harm than good. For more on 19th century remedies, please click here.
Next up: Dundurn Castle from downstairs, a different view of Victorian life in Canada.
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