Our goal at the Estates of Sunnybrook is to deliver exceptional events for our guests. Through outstanding customer service we strive to not only meet expectations but to exceed them. In addition, we are committed to health and science research and a portion of our profits support research at the Sunnybrook Health Science Centre.
History of the Estates
The Estates of Sunnybrook
Built in the early-mid 20th Century the houses of the Estates of Sunnybrook have evolved over the years from private residences to the elegant event venues you know today. With their own story to tell each of these properties brings a unique piece of Toronto history to every event that takes place at the Estates.
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The history of McLean House dates back to 1928 when James Stanley McLean, President and founder of Canada Packers, commissioned architects George Moorhouse and King Associates to design a unique home for his family on 50 acres of rolling land that he had purchased for $92,000.
The result was Bay View, now known as McLean House, one of Ontario’s most splendid Georgian-style mansions. The fieldstone manor house was embellished with Palladian windows, classic moldings, a grand staircase, high ceilings, and spacious rooms. The acres of gardens were spectacularly landscaped by Gordon Culham, a landscape architect who worked in the grand English country house tradition.
McLean House remained the home of the McLean family until 1966, when the widow of J.S. McLean moved to a smaller home. The University of Toronto took over the property, and it was converted by Sunnybrook Hospital into a clinical facility.
In 1982 McLean House was renovated and revitalized by the Junior League of Toronto and the Interior Designers of Ontario, who opened it to the public as a Designers’ Showcase home. Following this revitalization, McLean House was opened by Sunnybrook as a venue for social and corporate events, with proceeds going to fund medical research at the hospital.
The Vaughan Estate, originally known as Donningvale, was built in 1931 as a family home for John James Vaughan, Vice President of the T. Eaton Company. The house was designed by architects Burden and Gouinlock in a simple Elizabethan style; typical of a large country manor. The home was sumptuously appointed with massive fireplaces, intricate cornice moldings, carved plaster ceilings, and leaded casement windows with gracefully curved handles. The grandeur continued through beautiful walkouts onto a series of tiered patios, gardens and stone pathways, overlooking their extensive grounds and the Don River Ravine.
After the death of J.J. Vaughan, his estate was also used as a clinical facility for the Sunnybrook Health Science Centre. Its restoration came in 1991 when six interior designers donated their time and talent to renovating and revitalizing the home. Now, along with its neighbour, McLean House, it provides a stunning backdrop for private social and corporate events.
At the Estates of Sunnybrook, we pride ourselves in offering the finest in personalized service to assist you in planning your special event. From the moment you first contact us to discuss your requirements, one of our experienced team members will work with you personally and direct all the information and services you need to plan your memorable celebration. It is our pleasure to host your event.
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Estates of Sunnybrook & Compass Canada Environmental and Sustainability Best Practices
Balance – Wellness/Environment/Supply Chain/Community
The foundation of Balance is our position on key nutrition, sustainability and wellness issues. To that end, we have established standards associated with our menu items and ingredients to ensure availability of healthy and/or sustainable dining choices
We will provide sustainable food and support services.
We will support our clients and customers health and wellness goals by promoting sustainable healthy behaviours.
- We will commit to the wellness of the communities where we live and work.
- Adhering to purchasing practices that ensure we offer healthy, local and sustainable choices
- Utilizing marketing techniques, technology and incentives to provide valuable information to our guests
- Providing innovative solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations
- Benchmarking and reporting site specific and corporate targets to continuously improve on our actions
- Creating partnerships locally and nationally with organizations to reinforce best practices
Continuous commitment to environmental awareness earned Compass Group Canada a spot on Canada’s ‘50 Greenest Employers’ list for the third consecutive year. From sourcing food locally to using environmentally friendly cleaning products, Canada has been formally committed to sustainable operations since 2007. Programmes such as ‘Our 360 Sustainability Commitments’, Broader Public Sector/Greenbelt Fund initiatives, water conservation, cage free egg operations, sustainable seafood practices, pollution prevention programs, local food and Fair Trade practices were key contributors to our success.
A dedication to introducing local food in Canadian schools earned Chartwells School Food Action Coalition recognition as an ‘Ontario Local Food Champion for 2012’ by Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. The Coalition, consisting of Chartwells, the second largest school board in Canada, a leading Ontario non-profit agency and regional public health agency, received industry recognition for exemplifying leadership as the first of its kind in Canada to implement a local food buying policy for secondary schools. Coalition initiatives included educating students about the benefits of locally grown food, hosting a student culinary competition using local ingredients and incorporating local ingredients into more than 200 school menus across Ontario.
Here at the Estates of Sunnybrook, our mission is to foster our own culture of environmental stewardship.
Our community investment includes a percentage of revenues generated being contributed to further research at Sunnybrook Hospital.