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John Muir Branch Recognized By The Ontario Library Association

Wednesday July 14th, 2021, 8:09pm


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The John Muir Branch of the Windsor Public Library has received a 2021 Ontario Library Association Library Building Award in the library architectural and design transformation category.

“The Muir project and resulting awards demonstrate that we ‘got it right’ and that the library is a community treasure to which our customers – of all ages – will return to, again and again,” says WPL Board Chair, Councillor Rino Bortolin. “The John Muir Branch is an iconic state-of-the art facility and a popular Sandwich destination for the whole family.”

The $5.5 million, 7,400 square foot John Muir Branch is comprised of two heritage-designated buildings constructed in a manner that speaks to their past while looking toward present and future library use. Located in the heart of Windsor’s historic Sandwich neighbourhood, it highlights reclaimed materials and historic construction techniques as well as contemporary library technology. Notable features include a glass-capped observation tower, a suspended bridge made from reclaimed wood found on site and a flexible performance space available for use by local groups and organizations.

“Converting a 1921 fire hall and a stable dating back to the mid-19th century into a 21st century public library takes courage and conviction,” says CEO Kitty Pope. “With support from Mayor Dilkens and City Council, the Windsor Public Library Board, the Muir family and all library staff – we made it happen. It’s a spectacular example of innovative planning and construction.”

The library opened to the public in September 2019.

WPL CEO Kitty Pope and Architect Jason Grossi participated in the virtual award presentation at the OLA Annual Institute on the Library as Place on July 14th.

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