Centennial Open House
November 8 @ 10:00 am - November 22 @ 4:00 pm
The 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.