Toller House was built in 1875 in the Sandy Hill neighbourhood, just up the street from Laurier House. It is named after one of its residents, an auditor general of the 1880s named Frederic Toller- also a member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian, I found out on Canada Day. Today Toller House serves as the embassy for Croatia.
The home is a mix of Croatian culture and the carefully restored architectural details of a domestic Gothic Revival house. This wall of art can be found close to the entrance.
This humidifier is unique- it dates back to the 1880s, and is a customized design that still works perfectly well.
I like how bright and airy the rooms are. The first floor tends to get used more for reception space, so you're struck upon entering how little furniture is in here. The real work of the embassy gets done upstairs.
Aside from art, the walls here have mounted photographs of various places in Croatia. Embassy staff were on hand to answer questions.
One mentioned she has been in Canada only since March. She's wondering what next winter will be like. Below, two more pics from Croatia...and who's that ne'er do well scoundrel reflected in one of them?
One last shot from inside Toller House, and it's this lovely fireplace and mirror. I'd like to see Croatia for myself someday.
And here we come to an end of my tour of Doors Open for this year in Ottawa. It's been enjoyable to show these places to you. I will be doing this again next year when the weekend rolls around, rest assured.