Board puts 102-year-old J.E. Benson school on the market

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Windsor Star/Brian Cross


Anyone wanting a big, century-old former school in Windsor’s west end should consider putting in a bid for J. E. Benson Elementary.

The Greater Essex County District School Board put the 102-year-old building up for sale last week. Sitting on two acres on Wyandotte Street West across the street from Adie Knox Herman Recreation Complex, Benson has been vacant since the board closed it in 2014 and moved its students to the newly built West Gate Public School on Campbell Avenue.

When a school board wants to sell an unneeded school, it must declare it surplus to its needs and offer it to other public agencies. That’s been done and now the board is selling Benson through a sealed bidding process, spokesman Scott Scantlebury said Tuesday.

Benson, designed by prominent architects of the time, J.C. Pennington and Albert H. McPhail, was built in 1915 with 26,000 square feet of space. A 62,000-square-foot addition was added just seven years later. It has three storeys plus a basement and is listed on the city’s municipal heritage register.

The deadline to deliver a sealed bid for the property is Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. Details about the offering are available on the board’s website at