Windsor's historic Willistead Manor will soon be getting a long-awaited facelift.

More than $600,000 has been raised to help with renovations to the building, known by some as the city's "jewel."

"People have been very passionate about Willistead, and they've actually been making donations for specific things," said Stephen Marshall, chair of the Willistead Manor board of directors.

He said the Morris and Beverly Foundation, a local charity, asked to contribute to the repair of the building's roof.

"So, because of Beverly Baker, we are starting the roof repairs in the next few weeks," Marshall said. "That donation will keep this roof in good shape for probably another 50 to 100 years."

The building, which was built between 1904 and 1906, is located in Windsor's Walkerville neighbourhood.

It is operated by the city's parks and recreation department, and has been open in its current capacity as a meeting and special event facility since 1981.

Marshall says in addition to the roof repair, the board plans to do some foundation work, as well as stucco repairs on all three buildings that make up the manor.

"So for 2013, we have quite an exciting project," he said.

The annual Art in the Park event which helps raise funds for Willistead is scheduled for the first weekend in June.