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Finding a Home

Despite encouragement of the Queen’s administrators, finding a permanent home was put on hold with the outbreak of World War II. In the interim, the Club used the Ban Righ Common Room one day per month with the proviso that it be vacated by 4.30 p.m.

After the War's end, The FWC used a room over the Biology lecture room on the third floor of the Old Arts building.

Hay House (Currently Richardson Hall) 144 University Avenue (1949-1958)

The FWC's first "Home," the lower floor of Hay house at 144 University Avenue, was officially opened on November 16, 1949 by Mrs. Sam McLaughlin, wife of Colonel McLaughlin, Chairman of Queen's Board of Trustees. Some 130 people attended this historic event. "A grand bazaar was held, which raised enough money to furnish it." (Shirley Brooks-Purkis, January 2009)

When the FWC acquired Hay House at 144 University Avenue in 1949, members took turns serving tea/coffee and cookies every afternoon, Monday to Friday, to male staff at 10¢ a cup.

Each fall, from 1954 onwards, the Club hosted the Principal's Tea at the Reunion weekend. Receptions were held at Ban Righ, Victoria Hall and McArthur Hall.

In March of 1958, the Club was instructed to vacate Hay House as it was scheduled for demolition in June after which construction of Richardson Hall would begin.

67 Union Street (1959-1968)

On October 16, 1959, the Club moved into the renovated premises at 67 Union Street, but in November 1968 President Molly Estall was notified that the Club would have to vacate 67 Union in order to make room for the construction of Walter Light Hall.

Boucher House 144 Albert Street (1969 - Present)

In 1945, with the help of Dr. Duncan Boucher and Thelma Boucher, their home at 144 Albert St became part of the Sc`44 Co-op, providing home for16 upper year women. (They were not permitted to cook in the house).

December 10, 1969 marked the opening of Boucher House, the FWC's third 'Home'. The University provided much of the furnishings including pieces from the John Orr estate.