Windsor on Walkerville

at , Windsor, N8Y Canada

<p>The former town of <b>Walkerville</b> <a href="/pages/w/105607439473127">Ontario</a>, <a href="/pages/w/107480665948163">Canada</a> is now a heritage precinct of <a href="/pages/w/108634965827573">Windsor, Ontario</a>. Incorporated in 1890, the town was founded by <a href="/pages/w/105667522800188">Hiram Walker</a>, owner and producer of <a href="/pages/w/107848292570840">Canadian Club</a> <a href="/pages/w/108156652545189">Whisky</a>. Walker planned it as a 'model town’ (originally called 'Walker's Town') ) that would be the envy of both the region and the continent. He established a <a href="/pages/w/106416156061390">distillery</a> on the <a href="/pages/w/108559755835871">Detroit River</a>, diversifying the business by growing grain, milling flour, and raising cattle and hogs. Later, the town supported other major industries, notably <a href="/pages/w/106241542745914">automotive</a> manufacturing.</p><h2>Architecture</h2><p>Walker established homes for his workers, a church dedicated to his late wife, and a school. The town, which developed outwards from the distillery, included buildings designed by <a href="/pages/w/132253893480006">Albert Kahn</a>, notably <a href="/pages/w/112197785459020">Willistead Manor</a>, the home of Walker's second son, Edward Chandler Walker. Upon Walkerville’s eventual amalgamation with Windsor, the Manor became heritage-protected property of the city, being used as an art gallery and, currently, a function venue.</p><p>The neighbourhood is characterized by large houses, wide streets and abundant greenery. A three-story high school, carrying the name 'Walkerville', stands next to Willistead Manor. Other structures include former <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_Minister" class="wikipedia">Prime Minister</a> <a href="/pages/w/103113843061615">Paul Martin</a>’s home, Khan-designed houses, the distillery (now belonging to <a href="/pages/w/138995029462399">Wiser’s</a> ) and the <a href="/pages/w/103117456395540">Via Rail</a> station. The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tivoli_Theatre" class="wikipedia">Tivoli Theatre</a> (recently reopened Old Walkerville Theatre), is of 1920s <a href="/pages/w/103119403062120">art-deco</a> design by <a href="/pages/w/132411703464952">C. Howard Crane</a> (who would also design the <a href="/pages/w/109371809090029">Fox Theater</a> in <a href="/pages/w/114586701886732">Detroit, Michigan</a>)(Ontario</p>


Windsor on Walkerville

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