Keg Mansion – The Gothic Heritage Home Once Occupied by the Massey’s

2020 - The Keg Mansion at Jarvis St and Wellesley St E, looking southeast
2020 – The Keg Mansion at Jarvis St and Wellesley St E, looking southeast

The Keg Mansion is a stately home located at 515 Jarvis St (just north of Wellesley St E on the northeast corner) in the Upper Jarvis neighbourhood of Toronto.

The Architecture of Keg Mansion

Built in 1868, the Gothic-style mansion was designed by William Young for Arthur McMaster (nephew of William McMaster, who founded the university). At the time, this part of Jarvis St was known as “Millionaires Row.” It was where the City’s upper class went to escape the busy downtown.

When Mr McMaster passed away in the early 1880s, the home was purchased by Hart Massey, the very successful agricultural equipment manufacturer. The house was named Euclid Hall and at one time had a greenhouse on the south side. The Massey family also built one of Canada’s most important entertainment venues, Massey Hall.

The Home After the Massey’s

1912 - Women's College on Jarvis St and Wellesley St E, looking east
1912 – Women’s College on Jarvis St and Wellesley St E, looking east

When the Masseys no longer owned the mansion, it became a women’s college, a veterans hospital, an art/antiques gallery and in 1927, the first home of CFRB radio station (today’s Newstalk 1010). In the 1960s, it became the very popular Julie’s Restaurant and the Bombay Bicycle Club (upstairs).

This historic jewel received heritage status from the city in 1975. In the mid-1970s, the mansion became home to The Keg Steakhouse + Bar, and it’s still the restaurant today.

Haunted Tales

There are rumours of a few ghosts haunting the Keg Mansion. One such spirit is thought to be the maid of Lillian Massey Treble (the only daughter of Hart Massey). After Lillian’s passing, the maid was so distraught that she hanged herself in the foyer. Some have said that there’s a female presence in the women’s washroom. Stall doors unlock, and toilets flush all by themselves plus, they’ve had the eerie feeling that someone was watching them. There have also been sightings of a young boy playing on the staircase and the sounds of children playing upstairs. Click for more haunted tales.

Keg Mansion Photos

1920 - Massey-Treble Mansion with an attached greenhouse at Jarvis St and Wellesley St E, looking northeast
1920 – Massey-Treble Mansion with an attached greenhouse at Jarvis St and Wellesley St E, looking northeast
2020 - The Keg Mansion at Jarvis St and Wellesley St E, looking southeast
2020 – The Keg Mansion at Jarvis St and Wellesley St E, looking southeast
2022 - Looking east towards the Keg Mansion at 515 Jarvis St, just north of Wellesley St E
2022 – Looking east towards the Keg Mansion at 515 Jarvis St, just north of Wellesley St E
1972 - Corner of Jarvis St and Wellesley St E, looking northeast
1972 – Corner of Jarvis St and Wellesley St E, looking northeast
2022 - Looking towards the northeast corner of Jarvis St and Wellesley St E. The Keg Mansion stands behind the convenience store and gas station
2022 – Looking towards the northeast corner of Jarvis St and Wellesley St E. The Keg Mansion stands behind the convenience store and gas station
1912 - Women's College on Jarvis St and Wellesley St E, looking east
1912 – Women’s College on Jarvis St and Wellesley St E, looking east
2020 - Looking northeast towards the Keg Mansion at Jarvis St and Wellesley St E
2020 – Looking northeast towards the Keg Mansion at Jarvis St and Wellesley St E
2022 - Looking up towards the entrance of the Keg Mansion at 515 Jarvis St
2022 – Looking up towards the entrance of the Keg Mansion at 515 Jarvis St
2020 - Entrance to the Keg Mansion
2020 – Entrance to the Keg Mansion
2020 - Neighbours, A&W, Petro Canada and the Keg Mansion at Wellesley St E and Jarvis St, looking northeast
2020 – Neighbours, A&W, Petro Canada and the Keg Mansion at the corner of Wellesley St E and Jarvis St, looking northeast
2020 - Petro Canada and the Keg Mansion at Wellesley St E and Jarvis St, looking northeast
2020 – Petro Canada and the Keg Mansion at Wellesley St E and Jarvis St, looking northeast
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