Promotion and Advancement
Windsor Heritage Committee has embraced two basic principles to promote heritage preservation:
- Get frequent and positive public attention.
- Work in partnership with others to advance the cause.
Examples of current and past efforts to achieve these goals include:
Built Heritage Awards - 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. See the Local Heritage Appreciation webpage.
Doors Open Windsor - is a bi-annual celebration of local history. For one weekend, Windsor's heritage buildings (and other sites of local interest) are open to free public tours, usually on a weekend in September. For further information, please visit Doors Open Windsor.
Walking Tour & Information Brochures - See the Walking Tours webpage.
Displays - displays made at local festivals and gatherings.
Community Heritage Recognition Program - Individuals who had made a lasting and significant contribution to heritage conservation in Windsor was honoured at City Council with a certificate and pin from the Ontario Heritage Foundation.
Heritage Garden - a garden, located adjacent to City Hall, which commemorates the historic development of the Civic Square was dedicated in 2000.
Official Plan Policies - The Windsor Heritage Committee was instrumental in incorporating new heritage conservation policies into the Official Plan for the City in the 2000s.
Archaeological Master Plan - The Windsor Heritage Committee was instrumental in the development of a new Archaeological Master Plan for Windsor in 2005.
Canadian Heritage River Designation - The Windsor Heritage Committee was pleased to participate in the Essex Region Conservation Authority's successful efforts to designate the Detroit River as a Canadian Heritage River.
Local Heritage Council - The Windsor Heritage Committee was pleased to participate in the community-based effort to organize an umbrella organization for local heritage and history groups.
Heritage Highlights - Short video clips that highlight different heritage buildings in the City were shown randomly on the local CBC television station as fillers. They were developed in cooperation with CBC Television - Windsor and the local branch of the ACO (Architectural Conservancy of Ontario). They were screened on CBC Channel 9 (COGECO Cable 10).
For general information, call 311. For detailed inquiries, contact us at:
Planning & Building Services Department
Suite 210, 350 City Hall Square West
Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9A 6S1
Phone: (519) 255-6543
Fax: (519) 255-6544