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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. 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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  • A must see in Windsor. Beautifully decorated mansion specially in Christmas season, it's open for public with minimal fee. Amazing stories behind this mansion and family.  more »
  • We end up never being able to take a tour of the inside but the outside is very grandiose and beautiful. It is a great location for a walk and is great dor dog walking!  more »
  • Home demonstrates the role booze played in windsor's history. Located in beautiful park that was once the surrounding property. worth the visit and in a beautiful neighborhood with lots of old and wel...  more »
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  • In one word. Impressive. So beautiful and the grounds are well kept. All the houses and buildings surround the property are just gorgious. A fantastic area to visit and experience.
  • Great tourist attraction in the beautiful Walkerville area. Amazing weddings have been held here.
  • 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!
  • 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

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