Monthly Archives: March 2009

Soper & Dupis Real Estate

March 31, 2009
Soper & Dupis Real Estate

In my collection I have a book full of photographs of the Border Cities and their industries from 1913. This photo below is captioned “Soper & Dupis Real Estate Office” but there was never any other information about it, and I always wondered about this little house… I figured it was destined to remain...

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Hotel Dieu – 1965

March 30, 2009
Hotel Dieu – 1965

From the December 31, 1965 issue of the Windsor Star: Hotel Dieu Hospital in the foreground has undergone a complete renovation in recent years at a cost of several million dollars. The newest phase to be complete is the Sisters’ residence and chapel shown in the left foreground, developed at a cost approaching the...

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Ambassador Bridge

March 27, 2009
Ambassador Bridge

An interesting shot of an early University of Windsor campus. This likely date to the mid 1960′s as both Cody Hall (1961) and the addition to Electa Hall (1962) are visible in the photo. From the back of the card: AMBASSADOR BRIDGE DETROIT, MICHIGAN – WINDSOR, ONTARIO A 4 lane expressway route connecting all...

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Hotel Dieu

March 26, 2009
Hotel Dieu

Keeping on the postcard theme, here is an old view of the original Hotel Dieu Hospital. This card was postmarked in 1917. Built in 1888, the original section was demolished in 1963.

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The Art Gallery of Windsor Needs Your Help…

March 25, 2009
The Art Gallery of Windsor Needs Your Help…

In the public interest of keeping things that make Cities interesting running, the most recent worry turns towards the Art Gallery. Funding for quality of life? Only with a huge fight… Funding for a new area on the far end of the city, who’s main tenant is a private business? No problem. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- CLICK...

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New Frontier Motel

March 25, 2009
New Frontier Motel

An old postcard, this one was postmarked in 1988, but I’m fairly sure it’s much older than that. Anyone have any memories of this place? From the back of the card: NEW FRONTIER MOTEL Featuring 121 Modern Air-Conditioned Units. T.V., Radio, Telephones, Wall to Wall Broadloom in every room. Furnished in Early American Style....

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Walkerside Dairy

March 24, 2009
Walkerside Dairy

Ad from the Border Cities Star – December 31, 1926. This version of the Walker Farms were established around 1904, taking over from the earlier farm that was located at Walker & Tecumseh. As you may recall the manager’s house was demolished a few years back. This farm was located around today’s EC Row...

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Windermere Block – Then and Now

March 23, 2009
Windermere Block – Then and Now

Located on the north west corner of Tecumseh and Windermere is the Windermere Block. Built in 1926 by the Walkerville Land and Building Company at a cost of $50,000 (about $615,000 in 2009 dollars). It consists of five stores with apartments above. Here’s a photo of the block today.

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Royal Windsor Apartments

March 20, 2009
Royal Windsor Apartments

From that grand plan, we did get 2/3 of it built, sadly the garage was pulled down some time ago, and only the apartment building survives to this day. An ad for the garage from 1937. The apartment building however, is one of the architecturally pleasing buildings in the city. I’m happy at least...

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