George Brown HouseDigital Doors Open Toronto

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  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
George Brown House

George Brown House is a Second Empire-style house built for George Brown between 1874 and 1876. Its elegance reflects his prominence as a leading politician, founder of The Globe newspaper (now the Globe and Mail) and a key figure in Canada’s Confederation. The house is one of Ontario’s best-preserved and documented urban examples of the Second Empire residential style.

George Brown House is historically significant for its association with politician, Globe newspaper founder and leading abolitionist George Brown (1818-80). In 1989, the Ontario Heritage Trust restored the building to its original state. Highlights include the art nouveau dining room, gracious front hall and Brown’s library. The site is often featured on the CBC television show "Murdoch Mysteries." For Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of this restored mansion. Or watch a biopic on the history of Confederation to understand the critical role that Brown had in shaping Canada.

Contact info

186 Beverley Street
Toronto, Ontario


Year built: 1876
Building type:Historical housePrivate residence
Architect: William Irving; Edward Hutchins
Architectural style:Second Empire

Dates/hours open

May 27, 10:00am - May 28, 05:00pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.