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WILLISTEAD MANOR (1904-1906)
A magnificent Edwardian mansion, WILLISTEAD MANOR was designed by renowned Detroit architect Albert Kahn and is celebrating its centennial in 2006. Situated on a 15-acre estate, it was built in 1904-1906 for Edward Chandler Walker, the second son of distiller Hiram Walker. This elegant building features half-timber construction, rustic stone, ornately carved wood and a tile roof.
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This 36 room mansion was built in 1904 for the second son of distillery tycoon Hiram Walker. The house is a beautiful Tudor style English manor. Edward Walker and his wife moved in in 1906, naming the home Willistead in honour of Edward's elder brother, Willis. Edward was only able to enjoy the home for 9 years as he died in 1915. His wife later gifted the home and its grounds to the town of Walkerville.
The home sits on 15 acres of parkland amongst a neighbourhood of equally impressive, but much smaller Tudor style homes, including the childhood home of Prime Minister Paul Martin.
Nowadays the manor is rented for receptions, tours are available (see website) and the grounds are host to the annual Art in the Park held the first weekend of June.
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