Lombardo's London: The Homes
A tour of the buildings and places that made him famous
182 Oxford Street
The bridal cottage for Guy's parents was a small white house which was
torn down during World War I. Although Guy claimed it as his first home
in his autobiography the Lombardos had moved out shortly before the birth
of any of their children.
136 Queens Avenue
For the record, Gaetano Lombardo Jr. was born in a modest
house in an area later dubbed "The Latin Quarter" for its Italian
heritage. Sadly, Lombardo's birthplace was replaced by a parking lot for
a federal building in 1935.
Simcoe Street (1904-1912)
The Lombardo family moved into this modest two-story brick home two years
after Guy was born. It was here that the future bandleader first picked
up an instrument - the violin. During one lesson Guy became testy with
his father. Enraged, Lombardo Sr., grabbed the instrument and smashed
it over his son's head. Years later, Guy's father sheepishly explained
"it was a small violin." The only Lombardo home still standing.
153 Horton Street (1912-1928)
Guy's third and final London home was near the corner of Richmond and
Horton Streets. In the late 1940s Labatt's brewing company demolished
the house in order to build a retail beer store. A plaque was later installed
(shown here with CBC music archivist Adrian Shuman) and the Lombardo brothers
unveiled it in July of 1959. The plaque was later removed and refurbished
when the company repainted the exterior of the building. It was re-dedicated
on April 17, 2003.
Wharncliffe Road South
1928 the newly-monied Lombardo brothers decided their family needed a
more a palatial residence in the country. The move to the south of London
was a mixed blessing. Papa Lombardo's stab at chicken farming was a disaster,
Mama Lombardo missed the social life in London and kid sister Rose Marie
hated the long bus rides to school. The family lived there until 1935
when they moved to Stamford, Connecticut. The house later served as a
Chinese restaurant and was demolished in 1978 to make way for a trailer
dealership. Although advertised as "the Guy Lombardo homestead"
the bandleader only came by for visits.
here to see where Guy trod
Click here to see where Guy played
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