Leighton G. McCarthy House opens its doors to the community
A landmark in Toronto's Annex neighbourhood, Leighton G. McCarthy House at 45 Walmer Road is the primary facility for the University of Toronto's Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. Leighton Goldie McCarthy built the gracious and large Georgian-style mansion in 1932, and the McCarthy family lived here until his death in 1952. McCarthy bequeathed the house to U of T, which has been home to the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study since 1953. Established in 1925, the Institute celebrated its 85th Anniversary at U of T in 2011. The grace and charm of the original residence is still evident throughout.
Doors Open Toronto features U of T's McCarthy House
On Saturday May 28, 2011, Leighton G. McCarthy House was open to the public as part of the Doors Open Toronto event which happens once a year featuring signficant buildings across Toronto. In celebration of the Institute's 85th anniversary, the main floor and parts of the second floor offered the public a glimpse into how the house is being used today for education.
Special guests at the Doors Open event included Gery deRoux, the daughter of the Institute's founding director, Dr. William Blatz, and Blatz's grandson, Jim deRoux. Other special visitors included two granddaughters and two great-granddaughters of Leighton McCarthy, as well as many alumni and members from the community.
The Secrets of the School (SOTS) team is a group of children at the Jackman ICS Laboratory School who have come together to study the history of McCarthy House. The SOTS team has been interviewing family members, faculty, and staff, and reporting on little-known interesting facts about this great old house. The team also served as knowledgeable tour guides at the Doors Open event. The SOTS team plan to continue their investigations in future school years.
The Jackman ICS is dedicated to improving the lives of children through its tripartite mission, integrating graduate teacher education, exemplary teaching practice and multidisciplinary research in child development. We are part of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at U of T.