This house, originally located at 230 Richmond Street, was the childhood home of Paul Peel (1860-1892), who was the first Canadian artist to achieve international fame. His father, John Peel, was an English immigrant who founded the London Marble and Granite Company. Many members of the Peel family were skilled artists, including Paul’s sister Mildred, who was an accomplished painter and sculptor.
The Peel House was moved to Fanshawe Pioneer Village in 1963 to escape demolition. It is currently interpreted c. 1890, the period of Paul’s artistic prime and early death. This house is recognized as a site of national historic significance by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.