Friday, December 9, 2016

Wilfred, Zoe, And William

This is one of the guest rooms on the first floor. It contains a good deal of Laurier belongings. 

Across the hall is the Laurier Library, used by Laurier as his personal office, and still stocked with books. King used this room as a guest room. Today it contains a player piano which can often be heard playing jazz and ragtime music when you're elsewhere in the building. It belonged to Zoe Laurier.

This display case features several items belonging to the Lauriers- including a traffic ticket issued to Lady Laurier.

Also on this floor is the master bedroom. Both the Lauriers and King chose this room for their personal quarters- it is furnished largely as King had it. He was a bachelor, hence the twin bed.


  1. i love the chairs and old couch/sofa ... neat style or design. ( :

  2. Great that this is all preserved and open to the public.

  3. @Cloudia: it is!

    @Marianne: and it is a pleasure to show it.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Beth: they do stand out.

    @Jan: it certainly is great to be able to visit.

  4. I love seeing the personal affects and wonder what I would pick to leave behind to represent my life. Some glass hand blown in West Virginia, probably. How about you?


  5. You can see why antiques are so collectible today William! I have a collection of traffic tickets myself ☺

  6. I find this's so interesting that some people are so famous or important their wee artifacts of life are out on display. Love the player piano. My wife's folks had one in their basement in Minnesota and I'd play it often until one day it broke and they took out the innards and then it would play just like a piano - except it was always quite out of tune!

  7. This looks like the mother of all master bedrooms. I wonder what the square footage is? It's probably bigger than my whole house. However it's great that materials have been kept and displayed so that we get a look at some of our leaders.

  8. That traffic ticket gave me a chuckle!

  9. Some very nice antique furniture. I really like those chairs in the guest room.

  10. I enjoyed this tour inside, William !

  11. What a great tour, William! Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. A lovely house, William.
    David Mirvish has continued many of his parents' community activities but he isn't his dad that's for sure. It will be interesting to see the King St development.

  13. @Tanya: for me it's the player piano. It's one thing to hear it- it's another to watch the keys at work when there's no one there!

    @Janis: that is a good question.

    @Grace: I've only had the one, but that was for demolishing my parents' van. Well, in my defense, I didn't hit the bridge, the bridge hit me.

    @Lowell: it's a marvelous thing to watch this one work.

    @Red: it is a good sized room.

    @Marleen: it definitely is!

    @Sharon: even a Prime Minister's wife could get in trouble!

    @Bill: I do as well.

    @Karl: and more to come.

    @Linda: you're welcome.

    @RedPat: it's a great place to visit.

  14. Traffic ticket. She must have been a real devil behind the wheel. :-)

  15. William, if your new banner photo was taken recently, you have my deepest sympathy. Low 60's here today as we gathered leaves from our yard.

  16. Love the furniture, especially the sofa and chairs in the second shot.

  17. The piano music is a nice touch. Now if they could just take a picture of that.

  18. That's quite a dramatic new header! I get cold just looking at it.
    These rooms reflect such different times. And, imagine! Going over the 10 mph speed limit!

  19. Wow on the pictures and double wow on the banner.

  20. I love the header of your blog. Beautiful frozen water! They did a great job preserving all the personal items and labeling them for viewing.

  21. @Revrunner: definitely a speeder!

    @Catalyst: oh, no, it's from the past winter. Took it in February.

    @Lois: as do I.

    @Mari: the next time I'm in, if I happen to be in the room when it's playing, I want to video it.

    @Kay: that was the speed limit! Weird to think of it.

    @Whisk: thank you!

    @Nancy: they did.

  22. Grace, William--I want to hear more about those traffic tickets!

  23. There is a sofa for sale at Restore that looks like that one! (I do their blog!)