Leaving a Legacy

A couple of weeks ago, while Helen and I were out exploring the home of Lucy Maud Montgomery, we also discovered an interesting structure a few kilometres down the road.

The Thomas Foster Memorial is located beside a cemetery, and the massive building not only contains the crypts of Thomas Foster, his wife, and daughter, it’s also a chapel where special events are held, including weekend concerts and weddings.

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When Helen and I first pulled off the road to take a closer look at the Memorial, we were confronted with a tall fence and closed gates around the manicured lawn.

Not to be deterred, Helen fumbled around with the latch and footings that locked the gates in place, … until they finally squeaked open.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love going out exploring with Helen?

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Unfortunately our luck ended there.

In spite of our best efforts, we were unable to get inside the building to look around.  We kept hoping that someone would be inside – preferably alive – and would offer to let us in for a quick peek … but it wasn’t to be.

The best we could do was peer around the grillwork of the massive front doors.

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I’m surprised that the photo I took of the interior came out as well as it did … in spite of the mesh built into the glass.

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So who was Thomas Foster, anyway?

Well, he was just a local boy who did really well for himself.  He made a large fortune in real estate, and was also briefly mayor of Toronto from 1925 to 1927.

Building the memorial was inspired by a trip Foster made to India when he visited the Taj Mahal.  The memorial was built in 1935/36 at a cost of $250,000.  Based on the calculations at DollarTimes.com, that would be the equivalent of $4.5 million today.

I’m pretty sure it’s equivalent could not be built today at a cost of $4.5 million – certainly not anywhere close to the Toronto area.

This post is part of Thursday Doors, a weekly photo feature hosted by Norm Frampton at Norm 2.0.  Norm is a friendly guy hailing from Montreal, and he loves company.  Drop in for a visit, and tell him I said ‘hi’.

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This post has been made possible through the kindness of the blogging community.  When I wrote about my technology issues, so many of you responded with best wishes and a few suggestions on how I might tackle my problems.

Joe at The Visual Chronicle sent me a youtube link that he hoped would help solve my problems with Lightroom, and give me access to my photos again.

As it turned it out, it did!!!

That link provided me with valuable information and access to another link with even more valuable information.  The combination of the two gave me the clues I needed to get my photo catalog and library to talk to one another again.

That sudden disruption you may have felt in the earth’s energy on Tuesday afternoon was likely caused by my cry of Hallelujah at the top of my lungs, followed by a brief, fumble-footed Irish jig.

This blogging community is the best, and so is Joe!

About Joanne Sisco

Retired but not idle. Life is an adventure - I plan to continue to embrace it.
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94 Responses to Leaving a Legacy

  1. mihrank says:

    wow – historical, beautiful buildings!!

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  2. This is great news and one great building, and you two are fearless explorers. 😀

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  3. prior.. says:

    the interior photo did come out really great and well – my fav of the post is the second one- the gate – leading us to the structure and just a cool straight on cpature

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  4. Rebel Guy says:

    I love that building I have never stopped to look at it . I have gone past it at least 10,000 times over the course of 20 years. Rebel Girls uncle is buried there.

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  5. Sartenada says:

    I love the building outside and inside. Gorgeous architecture. Thank You.

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  6. Cecilia says:

    Wow, your post caught me, what an interesting reading, and I just love the pictures.

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  7. JT Twissel says:

    I was just watching Anne with an E on Netflix and really enjoying it. I’ve never been to the Taj Mahal but the interior of the Foster house looks Turkish to me.

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  8. My husband is much more the Helen of my duo. I am a rule follower…almost to a fault. That was quite a magnificent find!
    My mac is starting to be very unhappy with my photo library. I’m deleting some that needed deleting, but I may hit a point where I need to visit a more knowledgeable person if it keeps “unexpectedly” needing to quit. I’m not so happy to see that Deborah said the monthly subscription may be on its last legs…I was cleaning up in order to delve into Lightroom. It is amazing the blogging world and their offerings of knowledge. So glad that you found the help you needed!

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I don’t use the monthly subscription for Lightroom. I have a single user license. I don’t know what changes they may have in store that will affect me, but it’s been 3 years and I really should be upgrading soon.

      It sounds like you will have a major task ahead moving all your photos off your computer. I know most people are using cloud storage, but I prefer to keep mine on external hard drives. I guess I’m ‘old school’ and just prefer the ability to touch-and-feel that which is mine 😏

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  9. Sue Slaght says:

    Yay to having access to your photos. My stomach turned at the thought of your distress. I agree the blogging community is like a big support system.
    A gorgeous building you discovered and how about that interior photo! Very clever.

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  10. I’m the opposite of Helen, which means I not only follow authority but also rules too. I’d have never gotten into the gates! So I’m grateful for Helen, too. If you hadn’t of said anything about the interior picture, I’d have sworn it was taken from the inside (well done!). I’m glad that this structure is used for community events and not just to hold the crypts. He did something nice for the community. – Marty

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I think I maligned him a bit in an another comment by suggesting this memorial was rather self-important, but on the other hand, I understand his wife and daughter predeceased him and this was his way of honouring them. Not to mention the fact that generations to come will be able to use the facility and appreciate it’s uniqueness.

      For the most part, I would agree with you … I tend to respect rules, private property, etc, … however there’s always a little bit of a wild side and Helen definitely fuels it 🙂

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  11. Heyjude says:

    Thomas Foster must have done REALLY well for himself to spend this kind of money. Definitely left an impressive statement. A pretty place for a wedding though and one mighty fine front door! The thought of you and Helen scrambling around with the gate made me chortle. Let’s hope there are no CCTV cameras on that building!!

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  12. Those doors are very impressive! We were just in Paris for a weekend, en route to returning to Sri Lanka, and visited a small cemetry, by chance. It had some beautiful structures and sculptures, but nothing as grand as this one. I like Helen already without even meeting her!!

    So glad you resolved yoyr technological issues.

    Peta

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      Ahhh Paris! It is my favourite city in the world 💕 Hope you enjoy your weekend there and safe travels home again!!

      … and yes, I’ve never known anyone who didn’t love Helen!

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  13. I think I would have a blast biking and hiking with you and Helen. I might begin to learn to understand how my bike works, and like it.

    That chapel is just beautiful. Isn’t it wonderful after something so sad like a Funeral a concert or baptism is held in this beautiful venue. Balance. That’s what I feel reading your post and seeing your image. A happy balance.

    A polarizer would help you cut down on glare and outside interference when shooting through glass…in case you were wondering to how to accomplish that.

    I’m so glad you got your LR issues resolved. Did you hear about the latest update to LR from Adobe today…maybe it was yesterday by the time you read this? I fear the $10 a month plan is on its last legs, and Adobe plans to abort it for a Cloud based program. I haven’t got into LR and don’t use it very often, but am concerned about what their plans for Photoshop are.

    I’m looking into other RAW converters, and editing software because the Earth is going to be moving more than what you caused it to with your cry of Hallelujah after this update I think.

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I do have a polarizing filter for both of my cameras, but I rarely use it now. I found it a lot harder to use than I was expecting and quite frankly, I need more photography lessons. I’m hoping that during the cold days of winter I’ll slow down enough to take a few more.

      I hadn’t heard about the changes at Adobe yesterday. I’ve been using a single user license and hadn’t wanted to update until after I resolved my linking issue.
      I’ll have to wait and see what this means to me. I would hate to use the photo management capability of LR. It is the single biggest feature that’s important to me.

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  14. Mrs. P says:

    Yay, for Joe,and Helen sounds like a hoot!

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  15. Su Leslie says:

    Fab building, especially the interior. Definitely worth breaking and entering for.

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  16. What a gorgeous interior! It looks like some of the nicer hotels in Vegas.

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  17. conspicari says:

    What an incredible building, definitely has an eastern style to it.

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  18. loisajay says:

    Joanne–you are a riot! Breaking into locked door, doing an Irish jig (that no one saw–fake news?). I loved this post. And I would totally agree with you on our blogging community–always there when you need a friend. Glad everything is working for you.

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  19. Anabel Marsh says:

    Lovely building, though I’m not entirely sure I’d want to have a wedding there.

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  20. Anabel Marsh says:

    Lovely building, though I’m not entirely sure I’d like to have a wedding there.

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  21. Joe says:

    Thank you for your kind words Joanne I was really glad to hear the video helped even if it was just in a small way 😀 I love the way your images came out. Preferably alive is the way I like to find people also 🤣🤣🤣

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      That’s one of my secret fears, Joe …. being out in the middle of *nowhere* and finding human remains. I think I’ve watched too many crime shows 😉

      … and thanks again. That’s been a huge relief to me!

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  22. nrhatch says:

    Beautiful building and “Go, Joe!” ~> glad he managed to help you iron out your recent communication kinks!

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  23. Donna says:

    The first glance at your second photo definitely shouts “Taj Mahal” to me. I recognized the likeness immediately.
    Once again, I adore Helen’s can-do spirit! She is definitely a great person to have with you when seeking out adventures…and Thursday Door posts!

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  24. jesh stg says:

    Beautiful materials used for this memorial building! You’re speaking about “kilometres” – I thought you were American?

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  25. A beautiful building, Joanne, and I can see the elements of the Taj Mahal that inspired it. You two are so naughty for sneaking in, but it was clearly worth it. 😀 And I’m so glad your computer glitches got fixed. Hurrah! We had a little tiny earthquake over here – must have been you!

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  26. You do find the most interesting places! Congratulations on your technical victory too – so satisfying to accomplish a fix like that😊

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I am so proud of myself over resolving this problem. That’s what happens when there is no help available – I am forced to figure it out by myself! I must admit, I was tempted to just walk away from Lightroom and all the work I had put into my photo library.

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  27. Andy says:

    I know this place. It is well worth a return trip to view the inside.

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  28. What a gorgeous building! A special thanks to Helen for boldly going where others might not dare. I do think being of a “certain age” does come with privileges. You can always say the gate was already open and you just walked through… I doubt that they’d arrest two (seemingly 😉) harmless women for trespassing. Good news on your techno-fix too! (Now, maybe you can recreate your Cherished Blogfest post?)

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      There aren’t many advantages to aging, but I agree that there are some leniencies given to women of a certain age.
      Many times I’ve been invited in to see the inside of a building when it was noticed I was taking photos outside. I think my age (and as you say, looking harmless) has a lot to do with it.
      I certainly wouldn’t have tried to open that gate if I’d been alone. That’s when Helen is the perfect person to be with while exploring.

      Another blogger pointed me in the direction where I might be able to retrieve my lost Cherished Blogfest post. Thankfully I could recover about a third of it. As much as I’d like to be able to rewrite the rest of it, I don’t think I’m going to have the time over the next 3 days 😦

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  29. L Myers says:

    Sounds like a wonderful adventure, Joanne. (Not to mention the tech solution!).
    I’ve taken a similar type of photo (through a mausoleum door/window, in Mount Pleasant) and was very amused by the fairly clear result.
    But did you notice your peering-in silhouettes reflected in the distant background? Terrific!
    Happy hiking!

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  30. A bombastic Thursday door and a member of the blogging community coming forth with a positive link. That definitely required a jig. And, I think I’d like Helen too. 🙂

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  31. The Widow Badass says:

    Hehehe…I wondered what that sudden shift was on Tuesday. Now it makes sense, of course 😉
    Always happy to hear of someone actually overcoming technological/blogging…er…challenges – for me this often still remains just an urban myth but you give me hope!

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I believe in miracles and I certainly had one this week! I was starting to consider just abandoning Lightroom and all the work I had put into cataloging my photos.
      Thankfully that drastic ‘solution’ is now unnecessary 🙂

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  32. What a beautiful building, I had to do a double take when you said you shot the inside from a window. Nice job! Also, about technology – isn’t it amazing that you can find the answer to almost any problem on the Internet. Remember when we had to consult encyclopedias?

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      Omg, yes! I’m paralyzed at the thought of no internet when the power goes out! We’ve become so spoiled with so much information (with a heaping helping of crap) available at our fingertips.

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  33. That’s quite a structure, Joanne, just the sort my husband and I will be buried in. NOT! 🙂 It’s certainly gorgeous. Glad to read that your technology problems are done (for now). Technology is a blessing and a curse, as are many things. But the tech things so often seem incomprehensible to the mere mortal. I’m married to an IT guy, which often helps.

    janet

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      You are lucky to have inhouse tech support! Usually I don’t try very hard to resolve computer related issues – I call one of my sons to help – but this time I was on my own. I’m rather proud of myself 🙂

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  34. Yeah! Helen is back! 🙂

    I am glad you could fix your computer problems. It’s funny how much our life depends on technology these days. Great pictures.

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  35. Norm 2.0 says:

    Your shot of the inside came out pretty darn good. There’s no question that this place was influenced by the Taj Mahal, and those doors are wonderful!
    Glad to hear your technology glitch was solved. It always a fun moment when we get these things figured out – yay 😀

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      Sometimes I take these Hail Mary shots without any expectation and I’m thrilled with the result. This was one of them 🙂
      … and I’m just so relieved to have Lightroom back and the ability to retrieve my photos without going on a wild manual search for them.

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  36. What a coup for Thursday’s doors! And doubly so, since you were able to solve some technical issues. God, I love social media some days!

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  37. What a beautiful and amazing building, Joanne. It’s extraordinary that you got such a good photo through a meshed window! Awesome. Hugs.

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  38. joey says:

    That is QUITE the find! What a beautiful place! I looove the gates. Great share!
    I think adventuring with Helen sounds delightful 🙂

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      This is definitely not something you would expect to find on a small country road surrounded by farmer’s fields. Even more striking, it was on the top of a hill so you couldn’t miss it!

      The time I spend with Helen each week is something I always look forward to. We never know what the day will bring us 🙂

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  39. Dan Antion says:

    That’s s beautiful building and I am impressed with the interior photo. But, I’m more impressed with way you guy’s managed to get by the locked gate. Nicely done ladies!

    I’m glad you were able to solve the technical problems and get back online. I do remember a bit of quake – good to know it was you 🙂

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I’m actually pretty timid with this kind of situation, but Helen isn’t deterred easily. It’s certainly one of those rare times that being a “woman of a certain age” has some advantage … at least that’s what I kept telling myself in case someone showed up to question our trespassing 😉 We look harmless.

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  40. Jackie says:

    What a find! I’ll have to head up that way some time.

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      Just the drive alone up to the Uxbridge area is a pleasant one. Between hiking the Trans-Canada and golfing this summer, I’ve been going back and forth through this area many times over the past few months!

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  41. Ally Bean says:

    This is a beautiful building. I’m impressed by how Taj Mahal-ish it looks. i especially like the round handles on the front doors. Tres chic.

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