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Willistead Manor, Windsor

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4.5/5 based on 75 reviews on the web
Willistead Manor is a historic house located in the former town of Walkerville, Ontario, now part of Windsor, Ontario. Willistead Manor was designed by renowned architect Albert Kahn in the 16th-century Tudor-Jacobean style of an English manor house. It was built in 1904-1906, and was commissioned by Edward Chandler Walker, the second son of Hiram Walker. It is named after the first son, Willis Walker, a lawyer in Detroit, MI, who died young.Contrary to popular belief, Hiram Walker never lived in the home. One of the unique features of the mansion is that it contained only one bedroom. Edward and his wife never had any children, and the coach houses to the manor provided ample room for guests. After Edward passed on in 1915, Mrs. Walker did not care to keep living in the big home alone, and she deeded the house and grounds to the town of Walkerville. When Walkerville was amalgamated with Windsor in 1935, it obtained ownership of Willistead.In the years after its use as a residence, Willistead served as the Walkerville Town Hall, Art Gallery of Windsor and as a public library branch. In the late 1970s early 1980s the City of Windsor, afraid of the repairs and upkeep on the mansion, wanted to demolish the structure. Preservationists stepped in and the home was saved. Today the 36-room mansion is used as a banquet hall, and the three-acre (12,000 m²) grounds are incorporated in a larger public park. The house can be rented for occasions such as weddings, corporate meeting and private parties. The house is also decorated for the Christmas holiday by The Friends of Willistead and opened to the public.
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  • Willistead Manor is truly a staple of Windsor with its rich history, and culture about it. But honestly it's looks haunted! The staff is great and at but again it's looks haunted! Would love to spend ...  read more »
  • We enjoy visiting Willistead once a year during the holiday season. They offer open houses during that time of year for a nominal fee. Each room in the manor is decorated in a different theme. There a...  read more »
  • We walked thru the massive front entrance door, and it struck us both... WOW!!! It is a beautiful home, Thank you Mr. Walker for giving the town of Walkerville a beautiful home to look at (in the begi...  read more »
  • What a beautiful venue/location! Apparently it's also a Pokémon hot spot so check it out for all your wedding, celebration, and battling needs!
  • We had our ceremony and reception here it is a magical place definitely helped us fulfill our dreams of our fairytale wedding !!The staff there treated us with kindness and absolute royalty cannot wait to renew our vows and do it all over again best place in Windsor for a magical wedding venue!! Thank again!! Dk &Rosanna Onuoha
  • Well kept grounds and manor. They do bookings and tours.
  • Grew up next to this beautiful park and love the historical tours. Great wedding venue
  • Went to visit inside last year, very nice manor, very interesting history has this house please go to visit every wed 7-9 pm. take your kids to learn some local info I feel sorry that they did not found/kept more of the original portrets .
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