Monthly Archives: June 2008

So Long It’s Been Good To Know Ya…

June 30, 2008
So Long It’s Been Good To Know Ya…

So I have no idea why this demolition went down on a Sunday morning of a long weekend, but it seems awfully stinky to me. The demolition contractor closed the curb lane of southbound Walker, and methinks that they didn’t have a permit to close the street. But hey, that’s what Sunday mornings are...

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All gone…

June 29, 2008

Today, Sunday June 29th, the BMO was/is being demolished. Par for the course for a City that has no planning vision… Photos tomorrow.

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Bank Update…

June 27, 2008

I have driven by the site a few tmes this AM in anticipation of demolition… As of 12:30 there is still no action. A bulldozer is parked on site, as are three union gas trucks. It looks like the gas meter has just been removed (Union Gas Employees were working on at at about...

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Death Fences

June 27, 2008
Death Fences

A good sign that time’s up for a building comes, once you see the death fences pop up. They appeared magically around the Bank of Montreal Building on Wednesday afternoon. I kept watch on Thursday to see what would happen, and by the end of the day the heavy machinery had started to arrive...

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Hoa Viet

June 26, 2008
Hoa Viet

This oriental grocery store on Wyandotte St. W. between Bruce and Church is one of those buildings in town with a secret past. As featured in the December 31, 1929 issue of the Windsor Star, the building began life as a Nash Dealership. Other than some relatively small changes to the fenestration, the building...

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Hugh Beaton School

June 25, 2008
Hugh Beaton School

Located on the corner of Lens and Windermere in south Walkerville, is this grand old school. Built in 1928 by the local firm of Nichols, Sheppard & Masson, sadly this building also received the same half assed window replacement that Walkerville C.I. also received. This big three story building ended up very different from...

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Fireworks

June 24, 2008
Fireworks

You know that summer has truly arrived in Windsor and Detroit when the fireworks shoot off. Originally planned to coincide with the International Freedom Festival, this was the 50th annual installment of the local celebration. Although the IFF has gone the way of the dodo bird, killed off by Windsor City Council a few...

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Blue Bell Motel

June 23, 2008
Blue Bell Motel

Located at 2701 Huron Church Rd. is the recently closed Blue Bell Motel. A long time fixture along Huron Church, the owners recently retired and sold out to the Ministry of Transportation, who bought the place up for the future border road expansion. The attached motel was the first to close, followed by the...

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When will the madness end…

June 20, 2008
When will the madness end…

Time’s up! It’s hard to believe that there’s still things left in this city to tear down, but here’s another one… So, see you later Christ The King. Built in 1954, it’s outlived it’s use in a little more than 50 years. I’m sure that’s not what the parishioners who built this church had...

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