A feasibility study found a new community museum should be set up at the Art Gallery of Windsor, where the library also recently moved in. (Windsor BIA)
A feasibility study found a new community museum should be set up at the Art Gallery of Windsor.
Windsor residents gathered at Mackenzie Hall in west Windsor to hear the details Thursday night.
There is also a suggestion to create a cultural cluster in the downtown core.
Late last year, the art gallery agreed to transfer ownership to the city. The main branch of the library will be located there later this year.
Al Maghnieh, chair of the library board, said he is now unsure moving the library to the art gallery is a good decision.
“There’s some interesting recommendations, some thoughtful recommendations. I look forward to discussing them at city council. Obviously, they pose some questions as to the future of the library at that location,” Maghnieh said. “The recommendation is to give the first entire floor over to the museum and have the library expand in the vicinity. Certainly those are challenging recommendations.”
The recommendation is that a new main branch of the museum be constructed in the art gallery.
It would be the hub with “spokes” established elsewhere. For example, the old jail, which will be closed in two years, could be transformed into a museum with a theme — possibly related to black history.
The ideas didn’t impress everyone.
Nancy Battagello was one of the residents who went to the meeting.
“I just can’t visualize a historic museum in a modern glass building, which the art gallery is,” she said. “I had a hard enough time imagining the library in that building.”
Consultants now move on to phase two of their study, which is trying to determine costs for the project —- both capital and operating.