The storied past of the former Windsor Star building will be accessible to future generations thanks to the University of Windsor.
City of Windsor mayor Drew Dilkens presented UWindsor president Alan Wildeman with a plaque that recognizes the heritage value of the Beaux-Arts style building at 167 Ferry Street.
"There's a lot of history at that intersection and over the years I've learned stories of how it was in some ways the Internet for Windsor," Dr. Wildeman said. "Hundreds of people would come to this spot to hear about important matters like election results and significant world events.
"It's fortunate that the University has been able to preserve the historic look, so it can be there for the future and the community to see."
The University of Windsor was presented with a heritage plaque for its School of Social Work and Centre for Executive and Professional Education.
The limestone building was constructed in 1927 by local architect Albert H. McPhail and housed the Windsor Star newspaper offices until 2011.
The University of Windsor purchased the property at Pitt and Ferry Streets and in 2015 opened its School of Social Work and Centre for Executive and Professional Education in a new building that retains the historic facade of the Star building.
"We've been able to preserve a unique streetscape," Wildeman said.
"I think it will stand as a lasting and significant architectural feature of downtown Windsor. And most importantly, of course, we have been able to create a beautiful new learning, research, and community outreach hub for our students and faculty and staff, and one that will help our University have a greater positive impact on society."