As part of a long-term planning strategy to rejuvenate the city’s downtown, several heritage buildings are being adapted to house the facilities for a new downtown campus of the University of Windsor.
The Windsor Star building is a finely crafted example of Beaux-Arts design with details in copper and carved stone. ERA is working with CS&P Architects to retain the existing brick and limestone façades, rebuild certain walls, restore areas of copper cladding, and adapt the heritage fabric to a new purpose-built interior. Renovations will also create a new campus courtyard and picturesque garden wall.
Along with similar adaptive reuse projects nearby at the Windsor Bus Terminal and Windsor Armouries, this project is an excellent example of how heritage architecture can help connect a city to its cultural past, while providing exciting opportunities for urban renewal.