Carving the City
Howard (1803-1890) brought skills as an architect, engineer, surveyor, and art instructor to Upper Canada in 1832. In 1836, he acquired 165 acres west of Toronto and built ‘Colborne Lodge,’ where he lived until his death. The model was among Howard’s possessions passing to the City of Toronto, which operates the lodge as a museum.
Excerpted from Fall/Winter 2015 Ornamentum. Click here to subscribe.
Wayne Reeves is Chief Curator, City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services.
Hand-carved topographical model of High Park painted green and brown. This model was created after an actual survey by John Howard.
Circa 1864 25” H x 12-7/8” W x 1-3/8” D
Photograph: City of Toronto Museums and Heritage Services