Leddy Library

November 3, 2008

Today’s old postcard features a classic shot of the University of Windsor’s Leddy Library, in its pre-expansion days.

Built in the late 1950′s, it was designed by one of Windsor’s pre-eminent local architects J.C. Pennington.

The library was named after former University President Dr. John Francis Leddy. Dr. Leddy served as University President from 1964-1978. The University Library was renamed in his honour in 1977.

On top of that, the Leddy Library also has a copy of the greatest book ever written on Modern Architecture in Windsor. ;)

5 Responses to Leddy Library

  1. JT on November 3, 2008 at 1:47 am

    It’s a great looking building (West Building as it’s now called) — look great in it’s original form and still has potential. Nonetheless, lots of deferred maintenance and a lack of TLC have left it looking only a notch or two above shabby. The big brown addition dominates the structure now–for better or worse–and though often derided, the expansion is itself highly typical of it’s own era–and I’ve always really liked the interesting central stairway–even if the exterior looks…well…like a slab.

  2. Shawn Micallef on November 3, 2008 at 10:38 am

    The brown leddy is the Robarts of Windsor (U of T’s giant concrete library) and is loved-hated. I will admit to loving it — i read/study better when in big heavy buildings like that, with nooks and crannies and find a secret space. Feeling everything is safe and fortfied. The sun isn’t so great for books, so the closed feeling is always going to be there – closed to the outside that is, to some degree.

    6 years and 2 degrees spent in Leddy and apart from small complaints, I liked it a lot generally.

    TLC for the original section, though, please. Always sad that the hot spaceport entrance was blocked.

  3. Mita on November 3, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Use this link for “a copy of the greatest book ever written on Modern Architecture in Windsor.”

    http://webvoy.uwindsor.ca/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?Search_Arg=windsor%20modern&HIST=1&SL=None&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=25&DB=local

  4. WFW on November 3, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    I’ve always loved the central stairway between the two wings. As kids growing up in the neighbourhood, we used to ride our bikes down the stairs. Good times. I spent a fair bit of time studying there as well, and I always enjoyed the atmosphere. Ya gotta love those banks of study cubicles unintentionally shaped like swastikas. Funny stuff.

  5. Katie on March 30, 2011 at 11:53 am

    This is a very interesting website! I just had to comment on this post since I happened to come across it while studying in Leddy, haha.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *