Monthly Archives: May 2006

RIP Chappell House

May 30, 2006
RIP Chappell House

With great sadness, I opened the paper yesterday morning to read the news that one of Windsor’s last remaining prohibition era roadhouses has suffered a devistating fire over the weekend. Currently operating as the President’s Club “Adult Entertainment” lounge, in a former life it was known as Rum Runners, home to many infamous Z-Rock...

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Palace Cleaners

May 29, 2006
Palace Cleaners

This building at Jefferson and Manistique caught my eye the other day. If not for the old Gas Station look, at least for the mystery of why the building is adorned with the letter “N”. So, I had an associate check out the history in his collection of city directories. Here’s what he found:...

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Kung Food

May 26, 2006
Kung Food

This building, with one of my all time favorite signs is located on East Jefferson near Concord, a few blocks from the Belle Isle Bridge. Does anyone remeber anything about this place? When it was open? What the food was like?

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Casa Del Mara

May 25, 2006
Casa Del Mara

Located on Ouellette Ave., is one of my favorite buildings in the City of Windsor. The Casa Del Mara appartment building is a classic pre-depression design. While there are many Spanish Revival influenced on Detroit, this one is a one off in Windsor. Nice detailing surrounding the front door. A great building, that has...

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irestone

May 24, 2006
irestone

On the North West coner of Gilles and Ouellette is the Mid-Century Firestone Garage. “irestone”, not sure when the “F” vanished, it wasn’t that long ago. The soaring roofline of this building is unique in the City of Windsor. The rear garage bays. A full view of the building. The neon sign is even...

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Bridge To Nowhere

May 23, 2006
Bridge To Nowhere

So a few years ago Windsor City Council decided that the city was being choked by the lack of road crossings over Little River. There are only two main crossings – Riverside Dr. and Tecumseh Rd. Tecumseh was designed to handle the high volumes of traffic, but Riverside isn’t. However, as more and more...

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Vanity Ballroom

May 17, 2006
Vanity Ballroom

To the corner of Jefferson & Newport for today’s Photo Du Jour. Built in 1929 and designed by one of Detroit’s most important Art Deco architects, Charles N. Agree. Agree also designed the Belcrest & Whittier Hotels, as well as the Grande Ballroom, he also designed many movie theaters, many of which are now...

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Yorktown Square

May 15, 2006
Yorktown Square

Located in South Windsor, this neon sign is a throw back to the early days of the plaza.

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A Stroll Though The Ghettohood

May 12, 2006
A Stroll Though The Ghettohood

Here are a few various photos I took the other day on a stroll I took from my house to the River and Back. Through the neighborhood just east of the Casino. A sample of some of the fine housing stock. A bankrupt, vacant former Nursing Home. Vacant, overgown lots & ghetto palms with...

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