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Lear Windsor

From the December 31, 1965 issue of the Windsor Star

An aerial photograph of the brand spanking new GM Trim Plant on Lauzon Road. Now as our manufacturing might decreases, a new arena is set to open in the field behind the plant, and this plant, with its great modern office building is threatened with demolition.

The Lear sign, still sits out on the road advertising what was.

A view of the front entrance, with the massive 1960’s era canopy over the front door.

A couple of storage tanks on the site, complete with the Lear Canada Logo.

When I took these photos a few months ago, the plant had only been closed since the summer, but nature was already starting to reclaim the land through the cracks in the roadway.

A view back looking north from the parking area towards the offices.

This building is a great example of the architecture of the era, and when it comes to the most under appreciated buildings, in my opinion it’s usually the industrial ones that get no love.

When this plant is wiped off the face off the earth, this office will be looked back upon as a great loss. It might not happen next year or the year after that, but 20 or 30 years from now there will be some regret.

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