At a reader’s suggestion, comes today’s post, taking a look at the St. Genevieve School located at 641 Irvine, which was converted into lofts around 2000.
The school was designed in 1929, by the local architectural firm of Pennington & Boyde, who were responsible for many school buildings and churches in Windsor and Essex county in the 1920’s.
The rendering above appeared in the Border Cities Star, July 12, 1929:
This project was one of two conversions of old schools (along with Edith Cavell in Riverside) that made me briefly think that Windsor was turning a corner with attitude towards adaptive reuse.
Sadly since that time, reuse projects have been few and far between, and demolition remains the preferred option.