Local Heritage Appreciation

At the December 20, 2021 City Council meeting, a video presentation of the 2021 Heritage Recognition Awards was presented to City Council. A recording of the City Council meeting is available here, with the agenda item and video presentation starting at the 42:20 time stamp.

Heritage Recognition

As part of the annual Heritage Week celebrations in Ontario, City Council recognizes property owners for long-time heritage stewardship and/or recent well-done rehabilitations through the presentation of Built Heritage Awards. Owners of newly designated buildings are also presented a heritage designation plaque. City Council is proud to announce the 2021 Built Heritage Award recipients.

2021 Built Heritage Award Recipients:

Walker Power Building, 325 Devonshire Road

Built Heritage Award and Heritage Designation Plaque

  • The Walker Power Building, constructed c.1911-1913, was vacant before rehabilitation into a mixed office and commercial space.

Honourable W. C. Kennedy Collegiate, 245 Tecumseh Road East

Built Heritage Award

  • The Honourable W.C. Kennedy Collegiate, constructed c.1929, underwent $5 million in both exterior repairs and interior upgrades.

John Campbell Public School, 1255 Tecumseh Road East

Built Heritage Award

  • The John Campbell Public School, constructed c.1926-1927, underwent needed masonry repairs as a continued investment in the heritage school building.

Read the 2021 Heritage Recognition Report for further details and photos.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Heritage Recognition Awards celebrations were conducted differently in 2021. In lieu of the traditional presentation of the awards at a City Council meeting, Mayor Drew Dilkens visited the recipient sites to present a heritage designation plaque and the Built Heritage Awards in a physically distanced manner. The in-person event took place on November 4, 2021. Footage and photographs from the outdoor ceremonies were compiled into a video and presented to City Council at the December 20, 2021 meeting.

For a list of award recipients from previous years, see Previous Built Heritage Award Recipients.

Built Heritage Awards

City Council has traditionally recognized excellence in long-time heritage stewardship and/or recent well-done rehabilitations through the presentation of the annual Built Heritage Awards.


  • Property must located within the City of Windsor.
  • The property must have cultural heritage value or interest. However, the property does not have to be listed on the Municipal Heritage Register or designated in the Ontario Heritage Act.
  • The property can be of any use (residential, commercial, institutional, etc.)
  • Active Windsor Heritage Committee members are not eligible for nomination.


Heritage Conservation:

Properties that demonstrate extraordinary or exemplary conservation (preservation, rehabilitation or restoration) of the existing built heritage resource, while protecting its heritage value.

  • Preservation work that protects, maintains and stabilizes the original form, material and integrity of a historic place
  • Rehabilitation work involving sensitive adaptation of an historic place or individual component for a continuing or compatible contemporary use
  • Restoration work that reveals, recovers or represents the state of an historic place or individual component as it appeared at a particular period in its history
  • Property and buildings well maintained

Rehabilitation/Adaptive Re-use:

Properties that maintain original features while introducing new features that support the re-use of the property.

  • Repurposing a building while retaining its heritage character
  • Can include additions that are sensitive to the historic context of the heritage property
  • Enhancement to the community and adds value to the streetscape

Built Heritage Awards Selection Process:

In October and November 2020, Heritage Planning staff and the Windsor Heritage Committee members reviewed the list of candidate projects according to the award criteria and brought forward the chosen nominations through a staff report at the January 11, 2021 Development and Heritage Standing Committee meeting. Ultimately, Mayor Drew Dilkens will present the nominated candidates with the 2021 Built Heritage Awards outdoors on-site. Footage and photographs from the outdoor ceremonies will be compiled into a video and presented to City Council at a future meeting. Information about the three project sites will be shared through media and social media platforms as well. 

Heritage Week

The third Monday of February is Canadian Heritage Day, a day to recognize and pay tribute to our land and landmarks, our nation's history, our diverse cultures and our traditions. The Heritage Canada Foundation first established Heritage Day in 1974. Heritage Day coincides with Ontario Heritage Week, which takes place annually during the third week of February.

For an example of past events, see the 2020 list of Heritage Week Celebrations.

For general information, please call 311. For detailed inquiries, contact the following:

Planning & Building Services Department
Planning Division
Suite 320, 350 City Hall Square West
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
N9A 6S1
Phone: (519) 255-6543
Fax: (519) 255-6544