The northern facade
MANOR - Not for Sale!
story and photos Elaine Weeks
this year, some local media suggested the possibility that Willistead
Manor, the magnificent former home of Hiram Walkers son Edward
Chandler Walker, would be placed on the auction block. A photo of
Willistead as well as a couple of other high-profile city properties,
accompanied by a story intimiating that they could be sold to help
finance a downtown arena, appeared on the front page of the Windsor
to City Councillor Fulvio Valentinis, a director on the Willistead
Manor Board, Willistead is definitely not for sale. He says there
is a 50 or 60 page print-out of city-owned properties,
including parks, community centres and vacant buildings. Some of
these properties, such as those expropriated by the city for tax
arrears, have the potential of liquidation if necessary. I
can assure you that I have never heard anyone, even in jest, talk
about selling Willistead Manor, insists Valentinis.Certain
things are sacred in this city, and that is one of them. Willistead
belongs to the community.
The portico from Hiram Walkers
home on Woodward Avenue in Detroit
is reassuring news to the thousands of people for whom Willistead
is a treasured city icon. In addition, there are many who helped
save Willistead by donating their time or money when it was threatened
with demolition in the 1970s due to its deteriorated condition and
the cost of restoration. Although Willistead may be a city-owned
property, the funding it receives yearly from the City does not
fully cover the costs of yearly maintainance or continued restoration
work. Its function as a facility for weddings, conferences, etc.,
does provide additional funding but even the reveune from this source
is inadequate which is why the Willistead Manor Board is so grateful
to the many individuals and businesses who have donated to ensure
Willisteads rightful place in Windsors history.
The grand entrance
opportunity for you to donate to help continue the restoration and
refurbishing of this magnificent jewel is below.
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