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Elsie Perrin Williams Estate Centennial Project

November 8 @ 10:00 am - November 25 @ 7:00 pm

The Elsie Perrin Williams Estate Centennial Open House will recreate the house as close as possible to its state when Elsie Perrin and Dr. Hadley Williams lived there.

When Elsie married Dr. Hadley Williams, her father gave her the property in north London as a wedding present. Daniel Perrin was London’s biscuit king, owner of D.S. Perrin & Company.

On the Hadleys’ trips to California, Elsie was smitten by the Spanish Colonial style architecture and began dreaming of building such a home in London.

Architect, and mayor, John Moore, who had designed Daniel’s factory on Dundas Street, drew the plans.

John Moore’s original hand-drawn architectural plans will be displayed. Furniture now at Museum London will be returned to the house for display. Because the house is rented for events, some original furnishings are kept at the museum. We will also have a collection of vintage bedspreads, cushions and accessories, such as: a Murano vase was likely a souvenir of the Williams’ trip to Venice, and an original watercolour brought home from the trip which hangs in the sitting room. There are photos of the pair on a ship from Southampton, England, and of Elsie in a gondola.

A secret drawer was revealed in the master bedroom and a safe in the wall behind the towel rack in the bathroom probably kept objects while the couple were off on their travels.

For more stories, come for the guided tours during the open house from 10:00am-4:00pm November 8th through 22nd.

The Elsie Perrin Williams Estate is owned by the city of London and operated by Heritage London Foundation.


Elsie Perrin Williams Estate Centennial Project


Turning the Elsie Perrin Williams Estate, built in 1917, back to Elsie and Hadley’s day:

Wednesday. November 8th – Wednesday November 22nd
Weekdays 12:00pm-3:00pm
Saturday & Sunday – 11:00am-4:00pm


Centennial Series


Saturday, November 11th at 7:30pm:
Remembrance Day: “Poetry of the First World War”
Talk along with music from the era by D.M.R Bentley, Professor of English, Western University.

Sunday, November 12th at 4:30pm:
World War I Fiction Author Jennifer Robson reading and discussion followed by afternoon tea with the author.

Wednesday, November 15th at 7:30pm:
London in 1867
Talk by local historian Dan Brock, followed by Heritage trivia night!

Saturday, November 18th from 10:00am-5:00pm:
CityScape 150 Art and Photo Contest Exhibition
Prizes given out this evening.

Saturday, November 25th at 7:30pm:
Soirée à Quatre Mains
Gems of French Piano Duet repertoire from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, by Clark Bryan and Marion Miller.

Elsie Perrin Williams Estate Centennial Project


November 8 @ 10:00 am
November 25 @ 7:00 pm


Elsie Perrin Williams Estate
101 Windermere Road
London, Ontario N6G 2J4 Canada
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