The Windsor Masonic Temple, a historic landmark in downtown Windsor, recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. This significant milestone was marked with an open house event on January 20, 2024, showcasing the building’s recent renovations. The Masonic Temple, located at the corner of Ouellette Avenue and Erie Street, has been a central hub for Freemasons in the region since its establishment in 1922.

The centenary celebration, initially delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, finally offered the public a chance to explore the various sections of this heritage building. The event featured an array of cultural activities, including poetry readings, dance, and music performances. Cameron Adamson, the chair of the Masonic Temple committee, emphasized the building’s role as a communal space, highlighting the importance of preserving such heritage sites for future generations.

Significant restoration efforts were undertaken to rejuvenate the 100-year-old structure. These renovations, led by Felix Culpa Architecture and Sealcon Ltd., included modernizing the building’s elevator, automating doors, enhancing security systems, and refurbishing the façade. Adamson pointed out that the focus of the restoration was on four key areas: accessibility, energy efficiency, extending the building’s lifespan, and preserving its historical features.

The event was attended by various groups from Michigan and Toronto, along with local dignitaries like Ward 3 Coun. Renaldo Agostino, MPP Andrew Dowie, and MP Brian Masse. A special moment was the presentation of a jersey by the Windsor Spitfires to Thomas Hogeboom, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario. Hogeboom expressed optimism about the future of Freemasonry in the community, noting a resurgence of interest post-pandemic.

Funding for the restoration came from the City of Windsor’s Development and Heritage standing committee, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and other local supporters. Adamson mentioned that additional funding is being sought for ongoing projects, underscoring the continuous effort required to maintain and improve such a historic site.

This celebration not only commemorated the Masonic Temple’s past century of service but also set the stage for its continued presence and contribution to the Windsor community.

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