Gooderham Estate - Historic Places Days

Gooderham Estate

Mississauga, Ontario
Historic Building
929 Old Derry Road, Mississauga, ON, Canada
Get directions
Currently operating as a school.

The house was built for Charles Horace “Holly” Gooderham (1844-1904), who was sent to Meadowvale Village to oversee the newly acquired mill. In addition to the mill complex, the firm of Gooderham and Worts operated an extensive general store in the village that was said to rival that of Timothy Eaton in Toronto. Holly Gooderham had this brick home built for his family in 1870. After the departure of Gooderham and Worts in the 1880s, the house was sold.

Acquired by entrepreneur John Watt in 1895, Watt converted the residence into a tourist resort aimed at wealthy Torontonians looking for a country respite. The resort was named “Rose Villa”. When the business began to wane, Watt sold the property in 1904 to famed Quebec-born artist Georges Chavingnaud (1865-1944) who was looking for a quiet, pastoral setting to produce his paintings.

Later owners included local Member of Parliament Walter Curry, and from 1920 until 1927, the estate was home to Major-General Francois-Louis Lessard (1860-1927), Canada’s most decorated Boer War veteran. In the 1950s the building was home to a Ukranian Orthodox Seminary. In the 1970s the grand columns were added to the front façade, but the fortunes of the house continued to decline through a myriad of owners and uses, including being used as a games and gambling establishment, and being converted to apartments prior to 1980. By the late 1980s the stately house had fallen victim to vandals and into disuse until 1996, when the Monarch Development Corporation restored the property, which today is home to the Rotherglen School and is a landmark within the Meadowvale Village Heritage Conservation District.


  • Family-Friendly
  • Parking


929 Old Derry Road, Mississauga, ON, Canada
Get directions

Nearby Places

Solomon Northup Plaque

Mississauga, Ontario
A plaque that commemorates the 1857 visit of Solomon Northup to Streetsville.
View Place | Get Directions

Montreal House

Mississauga, Ontario
Streetsville’s oldest surviving building.
View Place | Get Directions

Peel Art Gallery, Museum + Archives

Brampton, Ontario
A place to connect with past, present, and future of Region of Peel.
View Place | Get Directions

Historic Bovaird House

Brampton, Ontario
Circa 1852 Georgian-style farmhouse & circa 1845 log house on a two-acre park-like set…
View Place | Get Directions

Register A Place

Create an account to add your historic place.

Make a VisitList

Welcome! To get started on a VisitList, you’ll need to have an account with #HistoricPlacesDays.

Already have an account? to sign in.
We use your contact information to process your registration and correspond with you about the National Trust and its programs. You can unsubscribe at any time. We care about your privacy. Read our privacy statement.

Sign In

Sites that participate in #HistoricPlacesDays need to have an account.

Welcome! To get started on a new VisitList or to edit an existing one, you’ll need to have an account with #HistoricPlacesDays. Sign in below!

Not registered? Click here to create an account.

Forgot Password

Enter your email address to request a password reset.

to sign in.

Get the latest scoop on everything #HistoricPlacesDays – join our e-newsletter and never miss a beat.