(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.
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.
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.