The 11th Doors Open Windsor take place this weekend on Saturday September 24th and Sunday September 25th.
This volunteer service is sponsored by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario – Windsor Essex Branch. It has grown from 15 sites to more than 40 sites of interest.
Doors Open is a free, self guided event. No registration or sign up required.
By using the site write-ups and the interactive on line map provided, participants choose the places they would like to visit, check the dates and times they will be open, and they are on their way. The free, limited shuttle service, courtesy the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, is available on a hop-on, hop-off basis in the Sandwich – Downtown – Walkerville corridor.
Check their website for a full listing of the sites that can be visited this weekend, the dates and the times.
To kick off the Doors Open Windsor weekend a reception was held Thursday evening at the venerable Capitol Theater for tour participants and sponsors.
Presentations were made by Dr. Veronika Mogyorody, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Windsor, and architect Craig Goodman of CS&P, an architectural firm from Toronto, who designed the new School of Social Work and Center for Executive and Professional Education on the site of the old Windsor Star building at Pitt and Ferry Street. This facility is one of the 40 whose doors will be open this weekend for the public to tour.
In her presentation Dr. Mogyorody praised the work of Goodman and CS&P in their reuse of the Windsor Star structure, “CS&P understood the social significance of this building, and were able to act as enablers in coordinating all of the stakeholders in the conservation in re-visioning process. They understood the importance of new uses, new services, and the community needs.” She further stated,” their intention was not to freeze the building in time but instead, working with the University and the Windsor Heritage Committee, keep the essential elements of the original bill form. By respecting its scale, character, and details, they successfully created a new facility with new requirements for future generations.”
Goodman who oversaw the project stated, “the idea of a downtown campus has all the ingredients an architect thrives on – the confluence of urbanity and the pastoral, the recognition of time and memory, the orientation of space and light, and most importantly a nesting of communities, both new and pre-existing.”
Goodman presented a slide presentation showing the evolution of this new facility from concept to finished product. And tying in to the theme of this weekend’s Doors Open Windsor, he characterized the ‘Pitt-Ferry’ building, as it is now known on campus, “as really the result of’ ‘Ears Open’ in Windsor.”
Feature photo: The old Windsor Star site and now the School of Social Work and Centre for Executive and Professional Education, University of Windsor.
Photos by Joe McParland – Biz X magazine