Picking up generally where we left off yesterday, here we have views looking up the slope towards Moorside on the Mackenzie King Estate.
Here we have another folly. The Arc de Triomphe comes from the same building, the British North American Bank Note Company, that was demolished in 1936 and from which King took the pieces for his Window On The Forest. The arch, now set against the backdrop of the woods, is a nod to his interest in classical architecture and a symbol of his return to the prime minister's job with his 1935 victory.
The path led on. This sign was along the way, reading, 'let no word or thought enter there which was not the holiest and best.'
It refers to this place, the Abbey, a ruin created by King starting in 1935. It is constructed from the stones of various sources- the original Centre Block after it was destroyed by fire, the Batson House in Ottawa when it was being demolished, a crest of a British Speaker of the House of Commons at Westminster, and even stones from the printing office owned by his maternal grandfather, William Lyon Mackenzie. Together they form a marvelous folly that very much feels like the ruins of an abbey you might find in Europe. They're a delight to the visitor.