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Willistead Manor, Windsor

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Willistead Manor is a historic house located in the former town of Walkerville, Ontario, now part of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. 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, Michigan, who died young.

Contrary to popular belief, Hiram Walker never lived in the home. Edward and his wife never had any children. 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. In 1976, Windsor City Council designated Willistead Manor and Park as a heritage property.

Today the 36-room mansion is used as a banquet hall, and the fifteen-acre (62,888 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.
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  • Just attended a wedding at Willstead Manor this past weekend. The layout of the Manor provides for a excellent wedding venue both inside and out. 
    Just attended a wedding at Willstead Manor this past weekend. The layout of the Manor provides for a excellent wedding venue both inside and out.  more »
  • folks lived, Amazing best info was the lady of th house had her bedroom , then her washroom and then behind that the ladies maids room . The house is being restored and will one day be totally... 
    folks lived, Amazing best info was the lady of th house had her bedroom , then her washroom and then behind that the ladies maids room . The house is being restored and will one day be totally...  more »
  • Willistead Manor is a nice place with history behind it. Nice garden area to walk around. You have to check the opening hours first before you go. It is a well kept beautiful place. It is better.....  more
    Willistead Manor is a nice place with history behind it. Nice garden area to walk around. You have to check the opening hours first before you go. It is a well kept beautiful place. It is better.....  more »
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  • What a Beauty! This elegant Manor is captivating to say the least. Was able to admire while at Art In The Park Windsor 2022. There is a quiet vibe, with regal presence. Look forward to coming again and taking a walkabout inside!
  • First time at art in the park. It was busy but not crowded at all. Grounds look superb. Lots of great vendors.
  • Although not currently open for tours. Still an amazing place to see from the outside. It is a huge Mansion with wonderfully landscaped grounds .
  • Would be much better if you could see at least some of the interior
  • The feelings you have when you enter anywhere into this mansion. A unique, one of a kind structure. I love it here. Hiram Walker spared no expense!

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