Parkwood Past & Present

Parkwood Estate National Historic Site is the family home of autobaron R.S. McLaughlin, founder of General Motors of Canada, and Canadian philanthropist transformed into a one of a kind National Historic Site and museum. Learn more about how we conserve and preserve Parkwood below.

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Ironwrought interior door leading to a sunroom Parkwood is extremely fortunate in that we have not had to source or collect artifacts for our collection. When the Estate became a National Historic Site, the house was full of items that belonged to the McLaughlin Family when they lived here. As the estate is now 100 years old, signs of time, gravity and wear and tear have begun to emerge. Although quite an extensive and expensive process, in order to properly preserve our artifacts we attempt to conserve the collections, architecture and heritage assets of Parkwood through the careful work of trained conservators.