Scadding House – A Historic Home Next to the Eaton Centre

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January 17, 1975 - Scadding House and foundation for the Eaton Centre with Dundas Square in the background, looking northeast
January 17, 1975 – Scadding House and foundation for the Eaton Centre with Dundas Square in the background, looking northeast (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 83, Item 24)

The Scadding House is located at 6 Trinity Sq (beside the Eaton Centre, on the west side, at the centre entrance) in downtown Toronto. The heritage home is tucked away next to one of Canada’s largest and busiest shopping complexes. It was once home to Reverend Henry Scadding.

Reverend Henry Scadding – Toronto’s First Historian

Born in Devonshire, England, in 1813, he came to Canada with his family at the age of 8. He attended the Home District Grammar School and was the first student enrolled at Upper Canada College. In 1833, Henry Scadding travelled to England to attend Cambridge University, returning to Canada four years later.

In 1838, he became an ordained Anglican priest at St James Church. In 1847, Rev. Scadding became the first rector at the newly built Church of the Holy Trinity – a position he held until 1875.

The Scadding House

1897 - Reverend Dr Henry Scadding
1897 – Reverend Dr Henry Scadding (Library and Archives Canada/Canadian Intellectual Property Office Fonds c003536)

Also known as Dr Scadding, the townhouse he lived in was built in 1862. It was designed by William Hay and is a fine example of Toronto’s early residential architecture. The yellow-brick house complements the church and has four storeys plus an attic. The first floor is partially underground. On the south side of the top floor is a small balcony with decorative woodwork. There are also gable windows and a chimney in the centre of the house. While the pre-Confederation home once had a mansard roof, it now has a hip roof.

Along with being a reverend and scholar, Henry Scadding was also one of Toronto’s first and most important historians. He wrote Toronto of Old (1873), the first significant book about the history of Toronto. With JC Dent, he also wrote Toronto: Past and Present (1884).

Haunted Tales

Reverend Dr Henry Scadding passed away in 1901. It’s thought that his calm and kind presence remains in the home. Click for more haunted tales.

The Move & Restoration

2022 - Looking north towards the Scadding House located at 6 Trinity Square, between The Church of the Holy Trinity and the Eaton Centre. Built in 1862, Dr Henry Scadding once lived in the historic home
2022 – Looking north towards the Scadding House located at 6 Trinity Square, between The Church of the Holy Trinity and the Eaton Centre. Built in 1862, Dr Henry Scadding once lived in the historic home

In 1974, when the Eaton Centre was being constructed, the Inner City Angels saved the Scadding House from demolition. They sponsored $350,000 for its restoration and a 46 m or 150 ft move to the southwest.

The historically significant house received heritage status in 1973. It’s sandwiched between a space east of The Church of the Holy Trinity and the west of the Eaton Centre. From Bay St, take the walkway east between Marriott Downtown and Bell Trinity Square Building and head to the area behind the church. Or, from Queen St W, walk north on James St. It can also be reached through the west entrance of the Eaton Centre.

The Historic House Today

The basement under 6 Trinity Sq can be rented from the church for meetings, classes, workshops and more for up to 25 guests.

Did You Know?

  • The Toronto City Directory listed the address of the Scadding House as 10 Trinity Sq until 1889. After that year, the address was shown as 6 Trinity Sq.
  • Reverend Dr Henry Scadding is buried at St James Cemetery.
  • If the Scadding name sounds familiar, that’s because Henry’s father was John Scadding, an early settler of the Town of York. Their home was the Scadding Cabin, Toronto’s oldest known surviving house. It was built in 1794 and is located on Exhibition Place grounds.

Scadding House Photos

October 22, 2022 - Looking north towards the Scadding House located at 6 Trinity Square, between The Church of the Holy Trinity and the Eaton Centre. Built in 1862, Dr Henry Scadding once lived in the historic home
October 22, 2022 – Looking north towards the Scadding House located at 6 Trinity Square, between The Church of the Holy Trinity and the Eaton Centre. Built in 1862, Dr Henry Scadding once lived in the historic home
October 17, 2020 - Scadding House is located at 6 Trinity Sq in Downtown Toronto. Once the residence of Dr Henry Scadding. The home received heritage status in 1973
October 17, 2020 – Scadding House is located at 6 Trinity Sq in Downtown Toronto. Once the residence of Dr Henry Scadding. The home received heritage status in 1973
October 22, 2022 - Looking southeast toward the Scadding House located between The Church of the Holy Trinity and the Eaton Centre in Downtown Toronto. Dr Henry Scadding once lived in the heritage-designated home. The house was moved to its current location, 46 m or 150 ft southwest in 1974
October 22, 2022 – Looking southeast toward the Scadding House located between The Church of the Holy Trinity and the Eaton Centre in Downtown Toronto. Dr Henry Scadding once lived in the heritage-designated home. The house was moved to its current location, 46 m or 150 ft southwest in 1974
October 17, 2020 - The heritage home of Dr Henry Scadding is located at 6 Trinity Sq, between The Church of the Holy Trinity and the Eaton Centre. Dr Scadding was one of Toronto's first historians
October 17, 2020 – The heritage home of Dr Henry Scadding is located at 6 Trinity Sq, between The Church of the Holy Trinity and the Eaton Centre. Dr Scadding was one of Toronto’s first historians
April 27, 1978 – A view of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Scadding House and the Eaton Centre
April 27, 1978 – A view of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Scadding House and the Eaton Centre (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 24, Item 30)
June 24, 1977 - Scaffolding on the Scadding House, directly beside the west entrance of the Eaton Centre
June 24, 1977 – Scaffolding on the Scadding House, directly beside the west entrance of the Eaton Centre (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 24, Item 25)
May 9, 1977 - An overhead view of the Scadding House (upper right) and the Rectory directly beside the west wall of the Eaton Centre
May 9, 1977 – An overhead view of the Scadding House (upper right) and the Rectory directly beside the west wall of the Eaton Centre (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 24, Item 11)
January 17, 1975 - Looking northeast toward the Scadding House and foundation for the Eaton Centre with Dundas Square in the background
January 17, 1975 – Looking northeast toward the Scadding House and foundation for the Eaton Centre with Dundas Square in the background (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 83, Item 24)
September 7, 1974 - Looking north towards the Scadding House on the left and a view of the excavation/foundation of the Eaton Centre
September 7, 1974 – Looking north towards the Scadding House on the left and a view of the excavation/foundation of the Eaton Centre (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 83, Item 61
August 14, 1974 - Looking southwest towards the Scadding House, Rectory, Church of the Holy Trinity and a view of excavation of the Eaton Centre with the construction of CN Tower in the background
August 14, 1974 – Looking southwest towards the Scadding House, Rectory, Church of the Holy Trinity and a view of excavation of the Eaton Centre with the construction of CN Tower in the background (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 83, Item 53)
August 21, 1974 - Looking southwest towards the Scadding House, Rectory, The Church of the Holy Trinity, view of excavation for the Eaton Centre and the construction of CN Tower in the background
August 21, 1974 – Looking southwest towards the Scadding House, Rectory, The Church of the Holy Trinity, view of excavation for the Eaton Centre and the construction of CN Tower in the background (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 83, Item 26)
July 16, 1974 - Looking west towards the Scadding House, The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rectory and the former Eaton's Warehouse
July 16, 1974 – Looking west towards the Scadding House, The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rectory and the former Eaton’s Warehouse (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 83, Item 34)
August 21, 1974 - Looking northwest towards the Scadding House, The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rectory and view of excavation for the Eaton Centre
August 21, 1974 – Looking northwest towards the Scadding House, The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rectory and view of excavation for the Eaton Centre (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 83, Item 38)
April 14, 1974 - Looking southwest towards the Scadding House, Rectory, The Church of the Holy Trinity and construction of CN Tower
April 14, 1974 – Looking southwest towards the Scadding House, Rectory, The Church of the Holy Trinity and construction of CN Tower (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 83, Item 45)
January 12, 1974 – The Scadding house in its original location on Trinity Sq and Eaton's warehouse in the background
January 12, 1974 – The Scadding house in its original location on Trinity Sq and Eaton’s warehouse in the background (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 83, Item 33)
November 22, 1973  - Looking east along Trinity Sq towards the storefronts on Yonge St. Notice the  Scadding House on the left foreground in its original location, before the Eaton Centre was built
November 22, 1973 – Looking east along Trinity Sq towards the storefronts on Yonge St. Notice the Scadding House on the left foreground in its original location, before the Eaton Centre was built (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 83, Item 50)
November 22, 1973 - Looking northeast toward the Scadding House's original location at 6 Trinity Sq just west of Yonge St, before being moved 46 m or 150 ft southwest. Today, Eaton Centre occupies this area November 22, 1973 - Looking northeast toward the Scadding House's original location at 6 Trinity Sq just west of Yonge St, before being moved 46 m or 150 ft southwest. Today, Eaton Centre occupies this area (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 83, Item 39)
November 22, 1973 – Looking northeast toward the Scadding House’s original location at 6 Trinity Sq just west of Yonge St, before being moved 46 m or 150 ft southwest. Today, Eaton Centre occupies this area (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 83, Item 39)
Before 1974 - Looking northeast towards Dr Henry Scadding's home in its original location
Before 1974 – Looking northeast towards Dr Henry Scadding’s home in its original location (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1465, File 119, Item 146)
1936 – Looking northeast on Trinity Sq towards the Rectory on the left and Scadding House in its original location on the right
1936 – Looking northeast on Trinity Sq towards the Rectory on the left and Scadding House in its original location on the right (Toronto Public Library R-5724)
1900 - Dr Henry Scadding's library at the Scadding House at 6 Trinity Square
1900 – Dr Henry Scadding’s library at the Scadding House at 6 Trinity Square (Toronto Public Library R-5475)
1900 - Dr Henry Scadding's library at the Scadding House at 6 Trinity Square
1900 – Dr Henry Scadding’s library at the Scadding House at 6 Trinity Square (Toronto Public Library r-5475)
1897 - Reverend Dr Henry Scadding
1897 – Reverend Dr Henry Scadding (Library and Archives Canada/Canadian Intellectual Property Office Fonds c003536)
July 3, 2021 – Decorative woodwork on the balcony of the Scadding House
July 3, 2021 – Decorative woodwork on the balcony of the Scadding House
2021 - The heritage plaque reads:

The Reverend Henry Scadding 
1813-1901

"Scadding was born in Devonshire, England, and came to Upper Canada in 1821. Educated at Upper Canada College and Cambridge University, he was ordained to the Anglican priesthood at St. James Church, Toronto, in 1838, and the same year became Master of Classics at Upper Canada College. In 1847, Scadding was appointed first rector of the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity, where he served until 1875. He lived in this townhouse, which complements the church and was designed by William Hay, from its completion in 1862 until his death. Here, Scadding, a noted scholar, wrote numerous religious, literary and historical works, including his best-known books, "Toronto of Old" (1873) and, in collaboration with J.C. Dent, "Toronto: Past and Present" (1884)."

Erected by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Culture and Recreation 

The plaque is located at 6 Trinity Square, off Bay St, behind the Eaton Centre
2021 – The heritage plaque reads:

The Reverend Henry Scadding 1813-1901

“Scadding was born in Devonshire, England, and came to Upper Canada in 1821. Educated at Upper Canada College and Cambridge University, he was ordained to the Anglican priesthood at St. James Church, Toronto, in 1838, and the same year became Master of Classics at Upper Canada College. In 1847, Scadding was appointed first rector of the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity, where he served until 1875. He lived in this townhouse, which complements the church and was designed by William Hay, from its completion in 1862 until his death. Here, Scadding, a noted scholar, wrote numerous religious, literary and historical works, including his best-known books, “Toronto of Old” (1873) and, in collaboration with J.C. Dent, “Toronto: Past and Present” (1884).”

Erected by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Culture and Recreation
The plaque is located at 6 Trinity Square, off Bay St, behind the Eaton Centre
July 3, 2021 - The space between the Scadding House on the left and the Eaton Centre on the right
July 3, 2021 – The space between the Scadding House on the left and the Eaton Centre on the right
July 3, 2021 - The Church of the Holy Trinity, which is located directly west of the Scadding House
July 3, 2021 – The Church of the Holy Trinity, which is located directly west of the Scadding House
July 3, 2021 - The Church of the Holy Trinity Rectory, which is located directly north of the Scadding House
July 3, 2021 – The Church of the Holy Trinity Rectory, which is located directly north of the Scadding House
1880 - Goads Map showing the original and current location of the Scadding House
1880 – Goads Map showing the original and current location of the Scadding House (Toronto Public Library)
1896 - The Toronto City Directory showing the address of the Scadding House in its original location
1896 – The Toronto City Directory showing the address of the Scadding House in its original location (Toronto Public Library)
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