This post is the nineteenth in a series in which we reached out to municipal candidates to ask their heritage platform. Responses will be posted in the order received.
The nineteenth to respond was Brian Yeomans, Candidate for Windsor City Council – Ward 3. The responses are in the candidate’s own words only slightly edited in a way that doesn’t in any way change what they said.
When I moved to Windsor in 1992, I was always taken with the stunning architecture from over a hundred years ago – the Norwich Block, the Farmers Market, all of Chatham Street’s buildings. Over the years, seeing many of these buildings being taken down for more modern buildings without honouring the heritage of the space was extremely disheartening.
That being said, over the past 9 years or so, seeing buildings like the University of Windsor Campuses (in the former Armouries and the former Windsor Star Building on Pitt) and more recently what has been done to the former Loop Complex (Fish Market), where the history of the building was either preserved or incorporated into the finished product gave me hope that there are developers in the region that see the value in these beautiful buildings. Even the Security Building and Bartlett Building on University Avenue W have been faithfully had their exteriors restored.
I hope to see many more in the years to come.