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Thursday February 9th, 2012

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Essex Hall — the longest building on campus — is being recommended for placement on the City of Windsor’s heritage list.

The four story brick structure built in the early to mid 1960’s has housed the Faculty of Engineering, various science facilities and the University Players’ theatre.

Essex Hall was constructed on what is still visibly (but not legally) Patricia Street and was built with clearly disinct mid-century modern elements.

The main entry of the building features a canopy of what look like V’s (or as some students have described them, ‘open books’. University of Windsor crests also are carved into stone at side entrances.

The building connects to the vast network of underground tunnels around the University and forms part of the original collection of buildings from the date of the University’s establishing (Cody Hall, Biology Building, Drama Building).

Back in November, the University announced that the south wing of Essex (nearest to Wyandotte) would be reconstructed once certain facilities move to the new Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Buildings added to the municipal heritage registry may not be demolished without specific permission from City Council.

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