Assumption Church Restoration Officially Begins

Efforts to restore the historic Assumption Church are finally coming together.

Final permits have been approved and crews will begin removing the building's asphalt shingle roof Tuesday morning which will eventually be replaced with copper.

Project spokesperson Paul Mullins says the $1.35-million phase one also includes fixing work that was done during a failed restoration a decade ago.

In the coming months, Mullins says they'll be asking council for money that for pledged toward the project 10 years ago.

"The city committed $250,000 and that money was never advanced," he says. We will be asking for that money, but we'll be asking them to increase it and multiply it because the amount of monies that are required to be able to do this job properly is significantly higher.

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Experts assess the condition of plaster at Our Lady of the Assumption Church at 350 Huron Church Rd. in Windsor on March 7, 2019 (Photo by AM800's Teresinha Medeiros)

Mullins is hoping community support grows as the work moves forward.

"There are a lot, who have been expressing an interest and expressing support, but support is one thing and writing a cheque is a little bigger hurdle. Seeing the actual work started, it answers so much of the cynicism that's associated with this particular project," he says, adding it's an iconic building is important on many levels. "It's such an important cultural facility for the city, for the history of the whole area because Assumption Church is really our equivalent Notre Dame and the importance of it to our community, to our history is at that level."

The public is still able to support the effort through the church's copper shingle campaign.

The entire restoration is expected to cost between $14-million and $20-million.