Cadillac Street

So the East Windsor Co-generation plant, that is being built beside the Albert Kahn designed Ford Power House is progressing. In the meanwhile, they have been buying up the houses along Cadillac Street, and knocking them down.

This multi-colored cinderblock duplex was at the south end of Cadillac.

This great looking craftsman styled house fell as well. IMO the nicest old house on the block. Continue reading Cadillac Street

Tilt Shift

There is an interesting technique (at least I think so…) of selective focus, that can be applied to a photo in such a manner that it makes it appear that you are looking at a minature model. Similar to a model train landscape…

It is known as Tilt Shift Miniature Faking.

It works best when applied to an elevated photograph, and after my recent rip to the Medical Arts Building, I had a few photos to try it on…

Continue reading Tilt Shift


Last week I took a drive out to the sprawled out mess at Walker and the 401. My reasons were two fold.

1. I was trying to get a few shots to display at the Check Out This Sprawl exhibit, and…

2. I wanted to see what all the crying was about, although I must confess I feel little pity in my heart for those who build/buy a crappy cookie cutter house hard up against a highway. I think you get what you deserve…

Anyway, on with the show!

Crammed in like sardines.

This is living. I heard it compared before, how street in new sub divisions serve the same purpose alley’s did for old neighbourhoods. A place to park you car, put our your trash, and access to your garage. Continue reading Sprawltastic

884 Howard – Arsene Dupuis Home

Again, another inner-city house falls to make way for a vacant lot, and a little more density is removed from the core areas of the city. This house above at Howard south of Elliott, fell to the wrecking ball last week for no apparent reason. When the demolition request came before council, despite administration’s recommendation to deny demolition, council in all their wisdom told the owner to go ahead.

After the house came down last Wednesday (these photos are from last Tuesday), I headed over to the library to peruse old directories to see what stories the house had to tell.

As best as I could tell, the house was first built around 1903, and was originally known as 34 Howard Ave (it became 820, before being renumbered in 1937 as 884, the address it held until last week). Arzen Dupuis is listed as a Labourer and and resident at the house. I believe that Arzen is a spelling error, and is actually the French name Arsene.

Through the early years, his occupation ranges from Labourer to Worker at the Canadian Bridge Company to Carpenter. By 1919 he’s listed as a machinist, and shortly there after he is listed as being a worker at the Ford Motor Company.

In 1926, the house to the right at 888 Howard is listed as vacant, and the next year Mr. Dupuis is listed as living there, with the house at 884 becoming a four-plex.

I can only surmise that Arsene bought the neighbouring house, and changed the other one into a boarding house. In 1937 he is still listed as a worker at Ford’s, but the next directory I found in 1940, lists the resident as Adeline Dupuis (widow).

In 1963, the directory lists Peterson’s TV Repairs as operating out of 884, with Mr. Peterson being the owner. We previously saw Peterson’s in this 1957 photo, operating a block north.

Mrs. Dupuis is still listed as living at 888 through 1969, when I can only assume that she passed away.

Between the two houses in the photo above, there was either Arsene or his wife Adeline Dupuis living in them from 1903 through 1969. That is simply amazing.

Check Out This Sprawl

Tonight there is an opening reception/party at Artcite for the group show “Check Out This Sprawl”, and everyone is invited.

It should be an interesting show, and it is a joint opening in conjunction with the Smogfest that will feature events at Milk.

Come on out tonight and check it out, I’ve got a couple of photos in the show. Should be a fun kick off to the weekend…

Looking North

A different view, looking north up Ouellette Ave.

A few recent post subjects can be seen in this photo. On the right hand side are both the Masonic Temple, and the HMCS Hunter, and on the other side of Ouellette a little further up is Anderson’s Funeral Home.

From this angle, it looks as if Windsor and Detroit are one.


Also I neglected to post the information about the May blogger meet up, but it was last night.

I would like to welcome My Local Food Blog to the list of links. A new addition to the blog family here in Windsor and Essex County. This one is all about buying local produce in Essex County.

Halton Radial Railway

I hope everyone had a nice holiday. Over the long weekend I had a chance to take a trip with John & Bernie up to the Halton Radial Railway Streetcar Museum.

A vast majority of the cars came from the TTC, but many were similar to the cars used in Windsor and Detroit and countless other cities across North America.

First up was this 1951 vintage car from Toronto.

Built in Montreal by the Canadian Car & Foundry, it was acquired by the museum in 1996, upon its retirement. Continue reading Halton Radial Railway