The Monarch Liqueurs Building was built in 1928 and designed by architect, Albert J. Lothian, a Scottish architect who moved to Windsor after World War I. The building started its life very briefly as a bottling plant before WL Webster Manufacturing took occupancy. The WL Webster plant made seat slipcovers for automobiles. Lothian, in many of his Windsor designs, shows a heavy art deco influence. One cannot help but notice the attention to details meant to survive the test of time with the name in stone over the door along with the liqueur bottle sculpture. The brickwork is impeccably detailed. Some of Lothian’s work in Windsor is designated including a neon sign designed for Lazares Furs in 1928 and St. Peter’s Maronite Church which was built in 1931.
This building, which is located at 10150 Riverside Drive East and is currently owned by Southwestern Sales. It is featured on the Heritage Register as a building of interest but is not designated which means that on January 1, 2025, if not designated, it will be removed from the register. While Council Member Joanne Gignac told me that the building is scheduled for full renovation, the property is located on the water in a very desirable area and, if not designated, could be in danger.
Picture from International Metropolis. Click here to see original source.