Kennedy historic facade renovation nears completion

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This is the kind of facelift no one minds talking about.

An impressive $5-million façade renovation to Kennedy Collegiate Secondary School is almost complete.

Built in 1928 using an elaborate Gothic design, the historic high school next to Jackson Park was showing its age.

Now, the entire façade facing Tecumseh Road has been brought back in brilliant detail, from the leaded glass library windows to the eye-catching masonry.

“It made for an interesting project,” said Brad Gyori, the co-ordinator of capital projects for the Greater Essex County District School Board.

Work started eight months ago and faced a few set backs, including a COVID-19 slowdown.

The front facade of Kennedy Collegiate Institute is pictured after a nearly $5 million in renovations, Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

Each original stone was taken down and assessed for its integrity. Those that were in good shape were returned and repointed while those showing distress were shipped off and replicated.

“We basically took it all down and rebuilt it,” Gyori said. “We were concerned that the (new) stone might be a different colour but it blended in really well. They did a great job on making the stone look like the era.”

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