Laurier House


Laurier House is a National Historic Site of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, located at 335 Laurier Avenue East (in the Sandy Hill district). It was formerly the residence of two Canadian Prime Ministers, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and William Lyon Mackenzie King. The house was built in 1878, but had significant later alterations. Laurier House exhibits elements of the Italianate manner as well as traces of Second Empire style.
Prime Minister Laurier lived there from 1897 to 1919, and Prime Minister King from 1923 to 1950. King willed the house to the people of Canada upon his death. Many distinguished guests from abroad were received at this house, such as King George VI, Sir Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and others.
It is now owned by Parks Canada, which operates it as a public museum. A popular summer attraction since 2003 is the Summer Heritage Theatre Series performed by the Parks Canada Players on the veranda of this historic residence. This Victorian mansion occupied a central position in Canadian political life for over 50 years; Canadian Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier made it his home in 1897; after Laurier's death, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King moved in and stayed until 1948, when he bequeathed it to the government and people of Canada.
The home is now a National Historic Site of Canada, and houses the personal effects, furnishings, artwork and memorabilia of these two long-serving Prime Ministers. A separate room is dedicated to former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. Among the thousands of items in the home is a crystal ball owned by Mackenzie King, who was reputed to have taken part in séances in an attempt to communicate with his deceased mother. Guides in period costume provide tours from April through mid-October. Heritage activities, including Tea on the Veranda with period performers, are presented during summer.
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