Hiram Walker wants to knock down heritage building

The Wiser's Reception Centre was built in 1964. It's used only once a month or so for meetings.

Wiser's Reception Centre was built in 1964

There's a battle brewing over one of the buildings at Hiram Walker and Sons in Windsor.

The Wiser's Reception Centre was built in 1964. It's used only once a month or so for meetings.

The whisky company wants to knock it down.

"It's becoming a bit of a burden from a maintenance perspective," said Jim Stanski, vice president of operations for the company.

He called the building an "undue hardship on the company."

"We'd like to apply our resources in different areas," Stanski said.

Others consider the building a hidden gem.

John Calhoun, the city's heritage planner, says the building is part of Windsor's history.

"This is an outstanding 1960's building that, among the thousands of 1960's buildings constructed, is one of  the best and I would like to see it remain as an example of the best of 1960's architecture," Calhoun said.

The city placed the building on it's heritage register two years ago and noted it for it's 1960's contemporary style in the brick work and square columns.

Because it's listed on the heritage register, the company needs the city's permission to knock it down.

Windsor's Heritage Committee will make a recommendation. It will then be up to city council to decide whether the building stays.

"We cannot demolish our way to success but on the other hand we cannot save everything," Calhoun said. "I would like to see it standing."


  • A previous version of this story and photo gallery included a photo of the multi-story Building 26, which is not on the heritage registery. Only the one-story welcome centre is on the heritage registery.
    Jul 09, 2014 2:21 PM ET


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