Local Heritage Appreciation

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.

See the 2020 list of Heritage Week Celebrations

Heritage Recognition

In conjunction with the annual Heritage Week 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.

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

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


  • Important contribution to community revitalization
  • Builds awareness and education of heritage
  • Showcases a commitment to heritage conservation
  • Culturally significant landmark

Built Heritage Awards Selection Process:

In 2020, the Windsor Heritage Committee opened the nominations to the public, with a nomination period in October and November 2019.

Heritage Planning staff and the Windsor Heritage Committee members reviewed the submitted nominations according to the award criteria and brought forward the chosen nominations through a staff report at the January 13 Development and Heritage Standing Committee meeting. Ultimately, the nominated candidates were presented with the 2020 Built Heritage Awards at the February 24, 2020 Council Meeting.

Previous Built Heritage Award winners:


  • 212-248 Erie Street West - Awarded for Heritage Conservation of Traditional Commercial Storefronts
  • Willistead Manor - Awarded for Heritage Conservation
  • Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, 1410 Drouillard Road - Awarded for Heritage Conservation
  • Windsor Airport Hanger 401, 104-2600 Airport Road - Awarded for Adaptive Re-use and Honour
  • Queen Victoria Public School, 1376 Victoria Avenue - Awarded for Heritage Conservation
  • Prince Edward Public School, 949 Giles Boulevard East - Awarded for Heritage Conservation
  • Hugh Beaton Public School, 2229 Chilver Road - Awarded for Heritage Conservation
  • John Muir Branch, Windsor Public Library, 363 Mill Street - Awarded for Heritage Conservation, Adaptive Reuse & Honour

Read the Heritage Recognition Report for further details and photos.


  • Universal Car/Baum & Brody Furniture/Fish Market Building, 156 Chatham Street West
  • Windsor Armouries, 37 University Avenue East/353 Freedom Way
  • Sandwich Brewing Co., 3230-32 Sandwich Street 

Read the Heritage Recognition Report for further details and photos.


  • Champion Products, 2744 Edna Street and 2601 Wyandotte Street East
  • TCI Titan Group, 2489 Seminole Street
  • U Haul, 9082 Tecumseh Road East
  • Heimat, 1367 Drouillard Road
  • Michael DiFazio Reclaim Artistry, 1023 Drouillard Road


  • Walkerville Brewery, 525 Argyle Road
  • Windsor Light Music Theatre (originally Victoria United Church), 2491 Jos. St. Louis Avenue
  • House (Originally St. Aidan's Anglican Church), 834 Lawrence Road
  • Marentette Apartments, 1563-1589 Ontario Street
  • Gordon H. Fuller Substation, 1504 Pelissier Street
  • Water's Edge Reception Centre (formerly Our Lady of the Rosary Church), 2879 Riverside Drive East 
  • Post Cafe (formerly Sandwich Post Office), 3201 Sandwich Street


  • Windsor Star, now University of Windsor, 167-181 Ferry Street
  • Semi-detached residences, 1291-1293 Victoria Avenue
  • Chick-McDougald House, 743 Devonshire Road
  • Windsor Youth Centre, 1241-1247 Wyandotte Street East


  • Mike Brkovich, for Canadian Auto Painting, 420 Kildare Road
  • Stephen Hargreaves and Ron Drouillard, for City Cyclery, 553 Lincoln Road
  • Brew, 653 University Avenue East


  • Michael and Nicole Seguin, for the Esdras Parent House, 827 Esdras Avenue
  • Settimo Vilardi, architect, for Windsor Truck & Storage, 201 Shepherd Street East
  • Emily Neilson and Mark Neilson, for the Morand Family Farm House, 3954 Howard Avenue  

Heritage Designation Plaques


  • Walkerville Garage, 420 Kildare Road


  • Former Windsor Star, 167-181 Ferry Street
  • Rigg-Shanfield House, 942 Victoria Avenue
  • Cunningham's Sheet Metal, 1478 Kildare Road
  • Imperial Bank of Canada, Walkerville, 1586-98 Wyandotte Street East
  • International Playing Card Company, 1123 Mercer Street


  • Bell-Coulter House, 793 Devonshire Road
  • Ambery-Isaacs House or "Foxley",  811 Devonshire Road
  • Wiser's Reception Centre, 2072 Riverside Drive East
  • Harris House, 1380 Ypres Avenue


  • Montreuil-Buckland-Vichos House, 4187 Riverside Drive East


  • Knights of Columbus/Auditorium Building, 716 Pelissier Street & 703-717 Ouellette Avenue
  • Federal Building/Dominion Public Building/Édifice Paul Martin Building, 185 Ouellette Avenue

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