Custodians of a Ghostly Campus Legacy

A pair of talented stonemasons with a murderous feud gave Toronto’s oldest university its hauntingly intricate architecture — and its first grisly ghost story.

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University College at night.

An Old Woman in a Black Robe

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A relief in the south wing of University College.
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Ravi displays the crucifix that he wears for protection.

Shadows on the Stairs

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Isabelle in West Hall.
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This carved owl was recovered from the east wing after the 1890 fire, and has the initials P.D. (Paul Diabolos) etched in the back. It was set here in the arcade of the south, or Laidlaw wing, during its construction in 1963–64.

The Ghost of Burt the Custodian

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This gargoyle carved by Diabolos in Reznikov’s likeness adorns the flue of a chimney on Croft Chapter House.
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A relief in the south wing of University College.

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