INSIDE THE PETER GRANT MANSION, CANADA’S BIGGEST ABANDONED HOUSE

Explore this incredibly expensive abandoned home
Once set to be the largest mansion in Canada, this huge home has been left to rot and decay over the years. Via images captured by urban explorer Freaktogrophy, we examine the fascinating history of this abandoned building. Dubbed the Peter Grant Mansion, to be filled to the brim with luxurious features, such as a waterfall, small golf course, two swimming pools, indoor boat garage, squash court and an observation lighthouse. But today, all that remains is an empty shell left open to the elements. Click or scroll to take a look inside an extravagant mansion that was never completed…

The beginning of a dream
Peter Grant, the multi-millionaire owner of Grant Forest Products Corporation, began work on his dream home way back in 2005. He had made his fortune in wood after setting up his company in 1980; it soon became North America’s third-largest supplier of oriented strand board. Grant bought a 43-acre plot of land on the picturesque shores of Lake Temiskaming in Northern Ontario for CAD$110,000 ($88k/£65k) and made plans to build a huge custom mansion.

A multi-millionaire’s fall from grace
At the height of his career, Grant was Canada’s 87th wealthiest person, with a net worth of CAD$381 million ($304m/£224m) in 2004. However, within a few years of his fall from grace the remnants of his titular mansion-to-be had been snapped up by an unknown Toronto company. Still, there were hopes that the mansion might finally be finished in accordance with its intended glory.

Discarded and empty
But the costs of completing the mansion and making it a home were estimated at CAD$1 million ($800k/£589k). The company that had purchased the property reportedly failed to pay taxes on it for three years running, so the town of Haileybury moved to put the proposed Peter Grant Mansion on the market. However, in the final hours before the sale, the mysterious Toronto company paid their debts, and are thought to still own the home today.

An abandoned, unused fireplace
Rather than the home it was conceived as, the mansion currently has an industrial feel to it, doubtless a result of being left abandoned for over a decade. The building is haunted by potential and the thwarted promise of what it could have been. For example, what could have been a stunning feature fireplace surrounded by a brick wall has been left empty in this living area, yearning for a new owner to come and make use of it.

Discarded furniture
Much of the building’s glass exterior has been damaged by vandals, although there are places where it remains untouched. But in a room that should have been filled with luxury furniture, all that’s left today in this particular space is a single discarded chair.

A winding, graffitied corridor
Heading further inside the sprawling home, there are multiple winding corridors leading to a number of vast rooms boasting floor-to-ceiling windows. This curvy corridor has been subject to graffiti by vandals who forced their way into the long-abandoned mansion.

Unfinished floors
As with much of the rest of the house, the floors are still unfinished along this long corridor. The plywood is exposed, the electrical wiring has not been completed and many of the walls remain incomplete. However, one can easily imagine this stylish brick wall serving as a focal point of the home.

Unfinished business
The swimming pool is hidden in the depths of the unfinished mansion. Instead of being filled with turquoise waters, as planned, it now contains debris and discarded wood left over from the abruptly curtailed works. Peter had envisaged the building serving as both his home and workplace, and this pool could have been the perfect place to unwind after a hard day’s work.

Dirt and debris
With the contractors seemingly having upped and left in a hurry, many of the rooms are littered with the building materials of yesteryear. For the most part an empty shell, only the stunning wood-panelling on the back wall offers a hint of the intended vision for this abandoned room.

Spiralling repair costs
This hallway was set to be a real focal point of the home. However, left draped in plastic sheeting and with a bare staircase, there’s nothing opulent about it. What’s more, the window has been damaged, only increasing the bill for repairing and completing the home, which already stands at upwards of CAD$1 million ($800k/£589k).

Evidence of life
However, further along the corridor the chaos and mess returns. This small room is dotted with dirt and debris left by the vanished workers. On the other side of the wall we can spy rare evidence of life: a small green mug perched upon an upturned table.

A playground for the rich
Conceived as a playground for the super-rich, the home ended up a partly-finished relic of hubris. The massive mansion was supposed to come complete with a massive boat dock. Now frozen over with ice, the space is left wasted and unusable.

Heading outside
From the outside the effects of the neglect are clear to see. Peppered with overgrown grass, this courtyard space has definitely seen better times. The door has been left ajar, allowing anyone to enter the home.

Heading outside
From the outside the effects of the neglect are clear to see. Peppered with overgrown grass, this courtyard space has definitely seen better times. The door has been left ajar, allowing anyone to enter the home.

Dried up
This was intended to be a flowing waterfall, but has long since dried up. Starved of necessary electricity, the outside area is only a shadow of what it could have been, and has been left to decay for years.

Tonnes of potential
However, if you look up, the main building is complete, with wood cladding on the exterior offering a taste of what to expect inside. And even in this state, it’s possible to get a sense of the property’s limitless potential. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for the unlucky mansion.

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