Rosary Resurrected

It was standing room only as interested visitors, many of whom were former attendees of Our Lady of the Rosary, lined up to view the changes made to the 115 year old church.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

It was standing room only as interested visitors, many of whom were former attendees of Our Lady of the Rosary, lined up to view the changes made to the 115 year old church.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – Built in 1907, Our Lady of the Rosary Church served the residents of Ford City for decades before the Roman Catholic Diocese of London closed the doors for good. However, facing the prospect of a wrecker’s ball, the decommissioned church was purchased from the Diocese for $1 by developer, and member of the DWBIA, Larry Horwitz, in 2013.

At the time, Horwitz envisioned the transformation of the church into a conference centre and, precisely on time, Larry launched a grand opening of the Water’s Edge Event Centre with an open house yesterday evening.

Destined to host everything from weddings to corporate gatherings and social galas, the interior of the building has been updated and refined while leaving the main architectural features of the church. While the pews have given way to tables and chairs, Horwitz preserved the stained glass windows, the alter area, and pulpit. There is also an outdoor courtyard, ideal for photography with an old world charm.

While not yet renovated, the bell towers may one day be transformed into a museum.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

While not yet renovated, the bell towers may one day be transformed into a museum.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The goal for Horwitz was to re-establish the gateway to Ford City as a jewel on the waterfront. To his credit, he has achieved his goal, at a cost of almost $3 million.

The frsco over the alter was retained during renovations, along with the stained glass windows, lending a majestic air to the modern changes.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The frsco over the alter was retained during renovations, along with the stained glass windows, lending a majestic air to the modern changes.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

You can hear more from Larry about the project and the work still planned, Monday at 8:30 pm on Talkin’ ‘Bout Windsor. Tune in to CJAM 99.1 FM to catch all the details of the grand transformation.

Gala invitees and wedding guests alike will dine in an elegant setting at Water's Edge Event Centre.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Gala invitees and wedding guests alike will dine in an elegant setting at Water’s Edge Event Centre.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The choir loft has been repurposed and could easily accommodate an orchestra or ensemble.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The choir loft has been repurposed and could easily accommodate an orchestra or ensemble.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

More than 2,000 residents made their way through the interior of Water's Edge Event Centre during an open house on 6 May 2015.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

More than 2,000 residents made their way through the interior of Water’s Edge Event Centre during an open house on 6 May 2015.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The outdoor courtyard is an ideal setting for a quiet chat or photography with an old world ambience.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The outdoor courtyard is an ideal setting for a quiet chat or photography with an old world ambience.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Ian Shalapata

Ian Shalapata is the owner and publisher of Square Media Group. He covers politics, the police beat, community events, the arts, sports, and everything in between.

His imagery and freelance contributions have appeared in select publications and for organizations in Canada and the United States.

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