A bit of Berczy history… Who is ‘the Berczy Family’?

8 Jun

IMG_2889If you’ve ever stopped to inspect the ‘Berczy Family’ sculpture now located prominently in the south-east corner of the park, you know that our park history is tied to the Consumers Gas Company, the founding politicians of Upper Canada and Toronto, and several talented artists.

The sculpture of a mother and father sheltering two infants in their arms was donated by the Historical Society of Mecklenburg Upper Canada Inc., with financial support from The Consumers’ Gas Company and the Council of Metro Toronto in memory of Johann Albrecht Ulrich Moll, better known as William Berczy.

IMG_2888See our ‘About’ page for a few more details, but basically, Moll/Berczy, born in Germany, was co-founder of York (Toronto) in 1794. His younger son, Charles Albert Berczy, was the first president of The Consumers’ Gas Company, from 1847 to 1856, and Postmaster of Toronto. His older son, William Bent Berczy, was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada and, like his father and mother, a gifted artist.

As an aside, during recent park renovations, Friends of Berczy Park was contacted by a nephew of the artist who made the Berczy Family sculpture, Almuth Lutkenhaus-Lackey , a well-regarded, German-born sculptor who emigrated to Canada. Her nephew recalls watching his aunt work on the sculpture in her studio more than 30 years ago.


4 Responses to “A bit of Berczy history… Who is ‘the Berczy Family’?”

  1. Jim June 8, 2017 at 9:09 am #

    Great article. Can you tell me why they have the fountain and other platforms fenced off?

    • Friends of Berczy Park Working Group June 8, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

      Hi Jim, see the May 26th blog post below for the full answer, but short answer: the fences are temporary while the City fine-tunes the fountain and platforms before the June 28 Grand Opening.

  2. BDM June 8, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

    That’s Historical Society of Mecklenburg!!

    • Friends of Berczy Park Working Group June 8, 2017 at 5:55 pm #

      gotcha – thanks for catching that!

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