– Léon Krier, Architect
“The monumentality of its scale, the sheer repetition of its elements proclaim its exceptional status as shelter and symbol of the community.”
Architectural and urban theorist Léon Krier, a significant voice in the New Urbanism movement, designed Windsor’s Town Hall. Overlooking the Equestrian Centre and just steps from the Village Centre, the Town Hall is in the heart of the Windsor community. Its airy and voluminous interior, which enjoys beautiful natural light, is where a great range of events take place throughout the year. It has been the site of numerous Members’ weddings, musical concerts, performing arts events, and talks by cultural leaders.
The Town Hall is a focal point of major vistas and is adjacent to a public square with a calming water fountain. The structure, which references the American vernacular in its design, rests on a podium with a simple rectangular plan. Thirty white columns support a steeply pitched roof that rises above the skyline of the Village.
The building serves as both meeting hall and non-denominational place of worship. Multiple doors allow cross-breezes and natural light filters through its many arched windows. Opening in late 1999, its purity of form gives it a timeless quality.
Widely revered in architectural circles, the building has been described as combining regality with comfort. Each season, students from leading architectural schools visit Windsor to study the building firsthand. Students are often accompanied by architect Scott Merrill, founder of Merrill, Pastor & Colgan Architects, who served as architect of record during the construction of the Town Hall. The Town Hall was also the design inspiration for the community’s icon.
Every season Members gather under the neoclassical building’s soring rafters to hear world-class musicians, presentations on an array of topics from culture to the economy and world affairs. Members regularly convene at the Town Hall to hear the latest updates on plans for the continually evolving community.
Countless family celebrations have taken place at the Town Hall. Known as the spiritual heart of the community, services are held around major religious holidays.
The Town Hall continues to be a cherished amenity at Windsor – a place where Members can gather as a community, be enriched and make lasting memories.