The first phase of the University of Windsor’s downtown campus at 167 Ferry Street was honoured by the City of Windsor with a 2016 Built Heritage Award.
The building at the corner of Pitt and Ferry Streets houses the School of Social Work and the Centre for Executive and Professional Education (CEPE), and retains the historic facades of the former Windsor Star newspaper building. The building opened for classes in the fall of 2015.
The second phase of the downtown campus, which welcomed students in January 2018, houses the School of Creative Arts (SoCA) and is located in the century-old site of the Windsor Armouries and the new, stand-alone Freedom Way building across the street from the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel plaza.
The University was one of four recipients of the 2016 Built Heritage Awards which recognized the recipients for their contributions to the City of Windsor.
“For many years the city council has recognized property owners for long-time heritage stewardship and/or recent well-done rehabilitations,” said the Heritage Standing Committee report. “Also, owners of newly designated buildings have been presented a heritage plaque. These recognitions have often been in conjunction with Heritage Week in Ontario in late February.”
The Heritage Standing Committee’s report also said the facades of the original newspaper building at 167 Ferry Street “have been retained and/or reconstructed faithfully, and a contemporary addition constructed on the west.”
CS&P Architects Inc. oversaw the downtown campus project.
“It shows that it’s worthwhile investing in good appearance downtown,” City Heritage Planner John Calhoun told The Star. “The other thing is that it (167 Ferry) is also a repurposed and occupied building which is already bringing several hundred people downtown for regular work, study and so forth.”