Statue of Charity


The statue of Charity is one of many contributions by Romandale Farms to the city of Markham.



The installation of the statue of A Brookview Tony Charity in Cathedraltown's Charity Crescent Urban Park is the latest in a long-list of artistic contributions to the city of Markham by the statue's donor, Romandale Farms, and its internationally renowned sculptor, Ron Baird.

When the city of Markham awarded Mr. Baird a contract in 2012 to supply and install elevated waterplay elements in Leitchcroft Community Park, the staff report noted that he had completed more than 150 public commissions and won numerous awards and medals (among them Allied Arts Awards from both the Royal Architectural Society of Canada and the Ontario Society of Architects) for a variety of inventive concepts that include fountains, sculptural landmarks for world fairs, civic parks, towers, murals and site-specific pieces for business, government and private collectors.

Among Mr. Baird's other works commissioned by the city of Markham are the sculptural metal gazebos in the Joseph Street and Church Street parkettes in Markham Village.

The city of Markham had, well before Mr. Baird was selected to sculpt Charity, selected him as the city's most prominent public artist – with more public art installations than in any other city in the world. The city had also demonstrated – with the success of the elevated umbrellas – that Mr. Baird's elevated sculptures are safe, structurally sound and highly valued public art.

Mr. Baird's impressive credentials include appointment to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, was the founding director of the Latcham Public Art Gallery and has taught at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.

During a recent extended visit to Ireland, Mr. Baird was named resident master-printmaker at the prestigious Cló Ceardlann na Gcnoc studio. And, he has just returned from an intensive stint in Nicaragua, sharing his knowledge and technical expertise with artists there.

Joan Murray, an art critic and author who served as Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Director of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, and Interim Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, has praised Mr. Baird for developing “a new aesthetic form in Canada, sculpture in the context of architecture.”

The eight-metre tall statue of Charity, constructed of highest-quality stainless steel and facing the awe-inspiring Cathedral of the Transfiguration in the heart of Cathedraltown, is infused with Mr. Baird's artistic innovativeness. The sculpture also carries significant symbolic and historical value.

Charity, born in Ohio on August 6, 1978, was a world-champion dairy cow owned jointly by Hanover Hill Farms near Port Perry, where she resided, and Romandale Farms, an enterprise that founder Stephen B. Roman built into Canada's leading breeder and exhibitor of Holsteins.

The statue's placement in Cathedraltown, on land once part of Romandale Farms, commemorates the enormous contribution that Charity made to the success of the dairy farmers of Ontario, to Romandale Farms, to the development of Cathedraltown and, by extension, to the prosperity enjoyed today by the residents of Markham. Markham council accepted the donation of the statue of Charity and placed it in Cathedraltown, because it exemplified city policies that support public art as “a key component to the uniqueness and identify of a municipality” and champion works of art that contribute value through:

  • Creating a sense of place and an identify for Markham and its neighbourhoods.
  • Creating a landmark or a gateway.
  • Engaging people through thoughts and discussions.
  • Reinforcing the brand of a creative city where people want to visit.
  • Highlighting the importance of artists and artistic creativity.
  • Commemorating local history.

Charity is the third Romandale bovine to be honoured with a statue, though she is the first female.

In 1961, Fidel Castro bought a bull named Rosafe Signet to improve the quality of dairy cattle in Cuba. When these efforts exceeded expectations, a grateful Cuba erected a statue to Rosafe Signet in old Havana. Signet's sire was Romandale's then-prized bull, A.B.C. Reflection Sovereign, after whom the first avenue in Cathedraltown was named.

Another Romandale bull, Count Crystan, also with a street named for him in Cathedraltown, was bought by Japan to help Japanese dairy farmers improve their herds, a successful endeavour that prompted the Japanese to erect a statue of Count Crystan.

Romandale's efforts to commemorate and respect Canadian farmers and farming heritage also included the replanting of the original grid of heritage apple trees in Cathedraltown's Heritage Orchard, donated by Romandale. The apples are free for the picking by the community. Romandale also donated a Heritage Arboretum, the only one of its kind in the GTA.

The Roman family, acting individually or through foundations it established and funded, has fulfilled an ongoing commitment to the arts and community service by, among other contributions, making the lead donation of $250,000 to the Varley Art Gallery in Unionville, donating and installing a Basalt Fountain in Cathedraltown's Park Square, and donating two stone sculptures of animals in the Heritage Arboretum.

Mr. Roman, through the Slovak Greek Catholic Church Foundation, which he created and financed, donated the land for, and oversaw the design and initial construction of, the Cathedral of the Transfiguration, which was blessed by Pope John Paul II in 1984. Subsequently, Mr. Roman donated the world's largest peal of bells to the Cathedral, and the bronze cartouches of Pope John Paul II and Saints Cyril and Methodius on either side of the Cathedral's main entrance.

Since then, the Foundation has completed the marble floor of the Cathedral, installed the staircases with bronze hand rails to the choir loft, completed extensive decorative plaster work, and donated a Casavant concert organ.

It has also overseen the design, manufacture and installation of the mosaics adorning the exterior and interior of the Cathedral. Among these are the Transfiguration of Our Lord above the exterior of the main entrance, and in the Cathedral's interior, the world's largest mosaic of the Madonna, in the Apse, the Christ Pantocrator in the Dome, images of the 13 Apostles and four saints, including two from Canada, in the Circle under the Dome, and a winged male figure and three Canadian animals symbolizing the four Evangelists, in the Pendentives.

The Courtyards' Presentation Centre


The Presentation Centre for The Courtyards at Cathedraltown will be open by appointment only, from Tuesday, August 8 through Thursday, September 7.


To make an appointment during this period, please contact David Tonon, The Courtyards' sales manager, at 416-791-8330 or dtonon@trebnet.com.

The Presentation Centre will re-open to the public with a celebratory bang on Friday, September 8. You will get the details as soon as they are available.

Cathedraltown’s business hub and customer base are expanding


Cathedraltown's commercial and retail hub, which now features nearly 50 High Street businesses, will expand..


.. significantly, along with its potential customer base, when construction of The Courtyards and the Piazza, which will surround the Cathedral of the Transfiguration, is completed.

Groundbreaking for The Courtyards 1, a five-storey condominium building with 12 ground-floor commercial and retail units, is scheduled for September, with occupancy expected in July 2019. This will be followed by construction of The Courtyards 2. The Courtyards will be at the top of High Street, adjacent to the Cathedral and the Piazza.

A six-storey mixed-use building will occupy each of the four corners of the Piazza. These will contain cafes, restaurants, boutiques and offices, offering a wide variety of goods and services on the ground floor and condominiums above.

Cathedraltown and its surrounding area now have a population of approximately 70,000, living in family-oriented neighbourhoods. The number of people residing in and around Cathedraltown will continue to increase as The Courtyards and the Piazza are completed.

Plans for the Piazza at Cathedraltown taking shape


When Donald Buttress, Architect and Surveyor Emeritus of Westminster Abbey, created the architectural theme..


.. for Cathedraltown in the early 2000s, an iconic feature was a Piazza surrounding the town’s centrepiece, the Cathedral of the Transfiguration.

This vision is now moving forward as plans for the 5.5-acre Piazza begin to take shape.

The Courtyards – two 5-storey buildings with spacious one, two and three-bedroom and multi-level condominiums and ground-floor retail – will border the Piazza at the rear of the Cathedral. Groundbreaking for The Courtyards 1 is scheduled for August.

Construction of the Piazza will begin after completion of the two buildings of The Courtyards.

Four 6-storey buildings, each containing offices, cafes, restaurants, and boutiques offering a wide variety of goods and services on the ground floor and condominiums above, will occupy the corners of the Piazza.

The expansive public spaces of the Piazza will consist of two squares.

Market Square will be adjacent to the two buildings on the southern flank of the east-west oriented Cathedral. This square will be at grade level with Pope John Paul II Square, the roadway running along the four sides of the Cathedral. Steps from Market Square will lead up to the Cathedral.

Surveyor’s Square, named in honour of Donald Buttress, will be on the higher ground along the northern side of the Cathedral, at grade level with both the Cathedral and Pope John Paul II Square.

Construction of The Courtyards 1 to begin


Groundbreaking for the first of The Courtyards two five-storey buildings in the heart of Cathedraltown is planned for late August..


.. with construction completion expected in late 2019, and occupancy to follow soon afterwards.

All the one-bedroom suites have been sold; some two- and three-bedroom suites are still available.

The Courtyards will be adjacent to the 5.5-acre Cathedral Piazza that will surround the magnificent Cathedral of the Transfiguration.

The Piazza will contain four 6-storey buildings, each with commercial suites, cafes, restaurants and retail at ground level and commercial and condominium suites above. Within the Piazza there will also be two squares, including a Market Square.

Look around this website to view floorplans or check out the other features of The Courtyards, or drop by the Presentation Centre at 10350 Victoria Square Boulevard in Markham for a visit.

What’s so great about The Courtyards?


A lot, actually – beginning with the location of this family-oriented condominium development, right in the heart of Cathedraltown.


Canada's most exquisite community. The two buildings of The Courtyards – just east of Highway 404 between Major Mackenzie Drive and Elgin Mills Road – are convenient to schools, shops, cultural and entertainment venues and major transportation hubs.

Then, of course, there are the spacious one, two and three-bedroom and two-level condominium suites and ground-floor retail – exclusively designed to provide greater living space, more ensuite bathrooms and larger outdoor terraces than traditional condominium developments.

There is also the gracious lifestyle of The Courtyards, which feature an elegantly landscaped and furnished courtyard – adjoining a loggia, lounge and party room – for the exclusive use of residents and their guests.

And it all borders the European-style Piazza that will surround the magnificent Cathedral of the Transfiguration.

Adding to the appeal of The Courtyards are:
  • An equipped exercise room for residents and guests.
  • An underground parking space and locker for each suite.
  • 24-hour concierge service.
  • Individual suite utility metering giving more control over energy consumption.
  • Energy Star® appliances to save on energy costs
    • High-efficiency stainless steel dishwashers, refrigerators and stoves
    • High-efficiency front-load laundry washers and dryers.
  • Low-emission laminate flooring and insulated glass window units in each suite to retain internal warmth and lower energy usage.
  • Water saving low-flow showerheads, lavatory faucets and toilets.
  • Porcelain floor tiles, standard in all bathrooms.
  • Granite counter tops and imported Italian cabinets, standard in all kitchens.
  • Surrounding windows in some suites.

The Courtyards reach new milestone


The Courtyards development in the heart of Cathedraltown reached a new milestone with the paving of the western segment of Pope John Paul II Square..

a road that will border the European-style piazza that will surround the magnificent Cathedral of the Transfiguration.

The new road runs north-south between the Cathedral and what will be the two 5-storey buildings of The Courtyards and crosses the top of a just-completed extension to High Street.

Both the western segment of Pope John Paul II Square and the High Street extension will have limited public access during construction of The Courtyards, which will begin in 2017 with completion approximately 18 months later.

Each of The Courtyards buildings will contain one, two and three bedroom suites and ground floor retail as well as a stylishly-appointed courtyard with a loggia, adjoining extensive reception rooms for the use of residents and their guests.

Excavation for The Courtyards roadway


Preliminary roadway construction work for The Courtyards condominiums at Cathedratown began on the week of December 5th, 2016.

Work began with excavation for the second segment of Pope John Paul II Square, a road to run along the west end of the magnificent Cathedral of the Transfiguration.

The new road will cross the top of High Street and connect the two future Courtyards buildings with the existing Anthony Roman Avenue and Donald Buttress Boulevard.

The excavation and the subsequent placement of hydro conduits and sewer, water and gas mains will be completed by year end. This will be followed immediately with the paving of base asphalt to create a construction access roadway.

The west side of Pope John Paul II Square, along with sidewalks, street lighting and landscaping, will be ready for public use once construction of The Courtyards is completed.

The Courtyards, containing spacious one, two and three-bedroom suites and ground-floor retail, are the first phase of what will become Cathedraltown's crowning achievement: A European-style piazza that will surround the Cathedral.

The first segment of Pope John Paul II Square now runs along the south side of the Cathedral. The final segments, to the north and east of the Cathedral, will be built along with the piazza.

Markham condo prices rise by 9%


Zolo Realty, one of Canada's leading real estate brokers, reported that condominium re-sale prices in Markham rose by an average of 9% during the past year.

The largest increase was for two-bedroom suites, where re-sales prices during the four-week period of October 22 to November 19 were 17% higher than they were a year ago. Three-bedroom suites rose by 9% and one-bedroom suites by 7%.

Find out more about The Courtyards in Cathedraltown, Canada’s most exquisite community, by visiting the Presentation Centre at 10350 Victoria Square Boulevard or contact us using our web form

The Uniqueness of Cathedraltown


There's a reason – actually several reasons – why Cathedraltown is called Canada's most exquisite community. The elegance of the architecture, the high quality of design & construction and attention to detail are among them.

Here are some of the other aspects of Cathedraltown that make it unique.

  • The awe-inspiring Cathedral of the Transfiguration, blessed by Pope John Paul ll, who is now a saint, is at the heart of Cathedraltown.
  • Cathedraltown is designed to complement the grandeur of the Cathedral, which will have a Piazza surrounding it.
  • A subtle blend of convenient professional/commercial spaces are intermingled with residences, for a European/urban lifestyle.
  • The low-rise architectural design enhances sun filled streetscapes with an uncongested urban ambience.
  • Brick exteriors and classic design reflect European traditions.
  • Distinctive urban Parks and enhanced streetscape features, such as specially designed light standards and street and house number signs.
  • Street names reference the families that owned the lands on which this town is built, Stephen Roman's prize-winning Holstein Cows and other historical elements.
  • Public realm furniture, buildings and public art were created for and gifted to Cathedraltown.
  • An Arboretum for protecting existing native tree species and a Heritage Orchard that is replanted in its original grid add to the enjoyment of life in Cathedraltown.

Learn more about Cathedraltown by visiting the Presentation Centre at 10350 Victoria Square Boulevard (formerly Woodbine Avenue).

The Courtyards are LEED certified


The Courtyards not only offer luxurious condominium suites featuring designer finishes, they have also earned LEED Silver Certification as a leader in energy conservation and environmental protection

Among The Courtyards' “green” features are:

  • Individual suite utility metering giving you more control over your energy consumption.
  • Energy Star® appliances to save on energy costs
    • High-efficiency stainless steel dishwasher, refrigerator and stove
    • High-efficiency front-load laundry washer/dryer (white).
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) detection system designed to minimize the operation of the exhaust fans in the parking garage, resulting in energy savings and reduced noise pollution.
  • Low-emission laminate flooring and insulated glass window units in each suite to retain internal warmth and lower energy usage.
  • Low-emission automated tri-sorter recycling collection system to sort waste, recyclables and organics.
  • Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paint to ensure better air quality.
  • Water save low-flow showerheads, lavatory faucets and toilets.

You can learn more about The Courtyards and life in Cathedraltown, Canada's most exquisite community, by visiting the Presentation Centre at 10350 Victoria Square Boulevard (formerly Woodbine Avenue).

Reception Invitation


You're Invited to The Courtyards, condominiums in the heart of Cathedraltown on SATURDAY, NOV. 19, 2016 FROM 11 A.M. TO 4 P.M. at The Courtyards Presentation Centre, 10350 Victoria Square Blvd. Markham

It is a pleasure to invite you to a reception introducing the uniquely designed suites in The Courtyards at Cathedraltown, Canada's most exquisite community.

Among The Courtyards features and amenities are:
  • Ensuite bathrooms in each bedroom of many multi-bedroom suites.
  • Large balconies and terraces, with up to 1,000 square feet of outdoor space in some suites.
  • Porcelain floor tiles, standard in all bathrooms.
  • Granite counter tops and imported Italian cabinets, standard in all kitchens.
  • Windows facing two or three sides of some suites.
  • A courtyard for exclusive use of residents and their guests.

We look forward to meeting you to discuss these and the other elegant features of The Courtyards' spacious one, two, three bedroom and multi-level suites.

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Welcome to a public reception to introduce exciting designer updates to The Courtyards, condominiums in the heart of Cathedraltown

- Strolling by the elegant residences facing the tree-lined streets may evoke images of late 18th century London, but you're actually in 21st century Cathedraltown, Canada's most exquisite community, just north of modern-day Toronto.

  • Cathedraltown, which surrounds the magnificent Cathedral of the Transfiguration, is in its last high-density phases, with ground soon to be broken on The Courtyards.
  • Each of the two five-storey buildings of The Courtyards contains spacious one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom and multi-level condominium suites (from $359,900) and ground-floor retail.

The Courtyards are the first phase of what will become Cathedraltown's crowning achievement - a magnificent Piazza that will surround the Cathedral and highlight what is sure to become a heritage destination for future generations.

Most of The Courtyards' suites have been redesigned to provide greater living space, more ensuite bathrooms and larger outdoor terraces. The Courtyards also feature a green roof and a landscaped and furnished courtyard for the exclusive use of residents and their guests.

There will be a public reception to introduce these unique condominiums on Saturday, November 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Presentation Centre, 10350 Victoria Square Boulevard (formerly Woodbine Avenue) in Markham. Visit http://www.cathedraltown.com for more information.

The architecture of The Courtyards follows the original Cathedraltown concept designed under the direction of Donald Buttress, Architect and 14th Surveyor Emeritus of the Fabric of Westminster Abbey, in London, England, and based upon the classic Georgian and Regency styles that flourished in London during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Cathedraltown has now grown into a vibrant community, featuring single and multi-family dwellings, condominiums, stylish retail and commercial space.

Amenities include a beautiful Arboretum and a Heritage Orchard, Lincoln Alexander Public School and nearby Sir Wilfred Laurier Public School as well as boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

Sep. 12, 2017
New condominium is the first phase of what will become Cathedraltown's crowning achievement


Jul. 27, 2017
Cathedraltown cow just one of family developer's personal design cues


Dec. 17, 2016
Cathedraltown rejoices as Cathedral of Transfiguration opens its doors after nearly a decade


Nov. 23, 2016
Ming Pao Daily News reports on The Courtyards reception