Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – Central Chrysler

Located on the corner of Goyeau & Elliott was Central Chrysler. Like many other retailers, Central Chrysler also abandonned downtown Windsor for the sprawled out area at the south end of the city. As a result of some poor planning, and bad luck, the old Central Chrysler went bankrupt, leaving the old downtown location vacant and in limbo.

Last week the building eaters came in and cleared the site.

Mopar Parts

Five star serivce, and the old Chrysler Pentastar as well as the Plymouth Logo.

Bricks and broken windows are all that are still on site.

Along with the debris, a ceramic tiled cement slab that was once the sales office floor is all that remains of another part of Windsor’s history.

Then and Now – Downtown Greyhoud Station

As it appeared in the mid 1940’s. Photo above from the Bernie Drouillard Collection.

The Windsor Greyhound Terminal, 2006.

Completed in May, 1940, the Windsor terminal was shared between Greyhound of Canada and the S.W & A railway, the forerunner of Transit Windsor. The terminal was designed by the frim of Bonfield and Cumming, who also designed the Kalamazoo station as well as the Ann Arbor depot. Sometime in the 70’s or 80’s it was decided that metal cladding and stuccoing over the limestone and black grante facade was a good idea, and we recieved the mess that we have today fronting University Avenue. Only by going to the rear can some of the unaltered Streamlined design still be seen.

The new transit terminal is currently under construction a few blocks west, and scheduled for a spring opening. Expect this building to get hit by the bulldozers as well.

The lack of reuse/vision in this city is really tiring.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – Walker Farms House

Located on Walker Road, just north of Tecumseh Rd., was one of the last traces of the old Walker Road. This old Farmhouse dated to the 1880, and was the residence of the manager of the Walker Farms. A brief history of the Farm can be found here.

A drive by on Friday afternoon, showed the site scraped clean.

The old Victorian farmhouse had been vacant since the last tennant moved out in 1998. The new owners CBS outdoors recently accquired the building along with its neighbour to the south the Teron building, and weren’t keen on the liability of the rodent infested building.

The building on the Windsor Heritage Property Inventory List, a sad loss as more of our history is again tossed aside.

More Lakers

The Agawa Canyon

Built at Collingwood, Ontario in 1970. She measures in at 646 feet.

The Algorail

Built at Collingwood, Ontario in 1968. She measures in at 640 feet in length.

The John J. Boland

She was built at Sturgeon Bay, WI in 1973, and sailed as the Charles E. Wilson until 2000, when she was sold and renamed the John J. Boland. To make things more confusing, she was replacing another ship by her new owners that was the John J. Boland. The previous John J. Boland was sold and renamed the Saginaw and is still sailing the lakes. This version of the John J. Boland comes in at 680 feet in length.


Here’s one from the archives… I was out on the river a few years ago, when the Armco happend to come up upon us.

At 767 feet in lenght the ship was an impressive sight down close in a 20 foot boat.

She was built in 1953 at Lorian, OH., and lenghtened in 1974 by 120 feet.

On June 6th, 2006, she was sold by Oglebay Norton along with her fleetmates Columbia Star, Courtney Burton, Fred R. White Jr., Middletown and Oglebay Norton to the American Steamship Co. She has since been renamed and is now siling the lakes as American Valor.

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Hockey Night in Windsor

Last night I attended a Spitfires game with a friend of mine from the US side, at his suggestion. It had been about a decade since I last went to a game, and I figured it was a good chance to go shoot the old area before the Spits move out the the deep east side.

Built in 1924 as the Border Cities Arena, this building hosted the inagural season of the Detroit Red Wings (then called the Cougars), in 1926-27 as the Olympia wasn’t ready in time for the season.

Pre-game warm-ups

An interior view of “The Barn”.

# 18 Mickey Renaud

Windsor’s Adam Henrique (#14), battles Kingston’s Cory Emmerton

Kingston’s Ben Shutron looks on as a disputed goal is argued.

Craig Voakes races to the puck ahead of Kingston’s Michael Kolarz.

In the end it was all for naught as the Kingston Frontenacs leave Windsor with an 8-5 win.