TD Bank Façade Re-use
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TD Bank Façade Re-use​

Historical postcard showing the facade at Ouellette and Sandwich

Background​​

The Dominion Bank was built in 1908-09 in Downtown Windsor. It was later used by Toronto Dominion Bank, followed by an array of civic functions until 1993. The building was demolished between 1999 and 2000 to allow for the clearing of the block for FCA Canada but was recognized as having high heritage value, thus the limestone facade was saved and put in storage with the intent to be reused. The TD Bank Facade Reuse Committee was established to facilitate the reuse. The committee developed criteria (adopted by Council) for choosing the right project for reuse of the stones. The facade is approximately 42 feet, 8 inches high, with frontage dimensions of about 52 feet and 41 feet. It is made of limestone and contains approximately 1,050 stones. Detailed measured drawings of the facade and photos of the stones are available.

Brief Timeline since the TD Bank Facade was dismantled​:

2000

  • Council approved the Terms of Reference/Criteria for reuse of TD Bank Facade as developed by the Dominion Bank Building Re-Use Committee
  • Request for Proposals was issued based on approved criteria

2001

  • Two proposals received: 1099105 Ontario Limited (relocation to commercial center at Walker & Provincial Road) and The Junction did not sufficiently meet criteria and were not accepted

2003

  • Design charrette for design professionals and students held by Reuse Committee

2004

  • Windsor Transit Board considered using the facade for the new transit terminal; supported by reuse committee and council but plans did not proceed
  • Status Report prepared by Administration (re:CQ 182-2004 Report)

2009

  • ​Reuse Committee dissolved
  • Private proposal for downtown office building, which was supported by Windsor Heritage Committee but plans were not fulfilled​ 

Criteria for the Reuse of the Bank Facade 

The criteria presented in the terms of reference were developed to serve as a guideline for the reuse of the bank facade.  The Dominion Bank Building Re-Use Committee has divided the criteria into three categories: mandatory, required and preferred: 

Mandatory Criteria - These criteria are considered essential, and any proposal that does not meet all mandatory criteria will not be considered by the Re-use Committee and will not be recommended to Council. Mandatory Criteria (listed in no particular order) are:

  1. The facade shall be relocated in the City of Windsor.
  2. The successful proponent shall be proposing a serviced site or will service the site for the use.
  3. The facade shall be rebuilt to its original appearance.
  4. The preservation and/or protection of the facade shall be guaranteed in perpetuity by a heritage easement.

Required Criteria - These are considered very important criteria, and a proposal must meet these criteria to the satisfaction of the Re-Use Committee (i.e. must receive a minimum average rating) if it is to receive the recommendation of the committee. Required Criteria (listed in no particular order) are:

  1. The reconstruction of the facade shall be under the direction of a qualified heritage consultant to the satisfaction of the committee.
  2. The proponent shall substantiate his/her capacity (financial backing) to successfully complete the reconstruction in the manner proposed.
  3. The proposal shall do nothing to diminish or obscure the architectural and historical integrity and dignity of the facade.
  4. The new use shall be visually and physically accessible to the public. 
  5. The facade shall be incorporated into a structure having a viable long-term use.
  6. The proposal shall include a reasonable time frame for completion

Preferred Criteria - Compliance with these criteria would benefit a proposal, but the committee may still recommend a proposal that does not meet all of these criteria. Preferred criteria (listed in no particular order) are as follows:

  1. The facade should enhance the heritage value of the new site.
  2. The proposal should not require additional financial contribution from the City.
  3. The re-installation proposal should be aesthetically pleasing.
  4. The proposal should respect the facade’s context and scale.
  5. The facade should be re-installed on the corner of an intersection or in a prominent location with good visibility.
  6. The proposed location should be proximate to the original location for the building.
  7. The heritage value of the building should be identified with appropriate signage.​

Measured Drawings

All serious inquirers are welcomed to contact Heritage Planning staff for more information.

Planning & Building Services Department
Planning Division 
2nd Floor, 350 City Hall Square West
Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9A 6S1
Phone: (519) 255-6543 ext. 6179
Fax: (519) 255-6544
Email: planningdept@citywindsor.ca​