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St. Genevieve School Lofts

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:

The new St. Genevieve Separate School, to be constructed immediately in Windsor on the southwest corner of Louis avenue and Irvine street, south of Tecumseh Road, is depicted above in an artist’s sketch, from plans prepared by Pennington and Boyde, architects. Estimated cost of this handsome new school is placed at between $90,000 and $100,000, the school to contain eight rooms with combination auditorium and gymnasium. The general building contract is scheduled to be let Monday night.

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.

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