Kennedy Collegiate's 90-year-old facade being restored

The stonework on the front facade of Kennedy Collegiate has been torn down to be repaired and partly replaced with new, identical stones.

The school has been open since 1929

The stonework on the front facade of Kennedy Collegiate has been torn down and many will be replaced with new, identical stones. 1:53

A 90-year-old historic building in Windsor is finally getting some repair work done. 

Since it was first opened in 1929, Honourable W.C. Kennedy Collegiate has gone through some natural wear-and-tear. Many of its stones have either eroded or broken apart.

The Ministry of Education provided an additional one-time funding for the project, according to Giuliana Hinchliffe, the coordinator of engineering for the Greater Essex County District School Board.

"Over the past 90 years, the school has not had a whole lot of attention put onto its architectural features," she said.

A construction worker pictured repairing one of the stones of Kennedy Collegiate. (Chris Lumsden)

According to Matt Soulliere, the vice president of Sterling Ridge General Contracting, it'll be interesting for the tradesmen to see such a historic landmark in the city come down.

"It's essentially a 90-year-old puzzle that they're taking apart," he said.

The plan is not to change the look of the school, but to restore the facade by repairing some stones and replacing others with new, identical ones.

They hope the building will sustain for many years following the completion of the project, which is expected to take about four to six months to complete.

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