Monthly Archives: July 2009

GM Transmission Plant

July 31, 2009
GM Transmission Plant

A few aerial photos of the Kildare Road factory prior to the giant renovation in 1982. In these old photos you can clearly see the separate buildings. The building on the far right served for many years (1950′s though 1980′s) as Transit Windsor’s Kildare Road garage. Old saw tooth roofed buildings, along with the...

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The Merloray Building

July 29, 2009
The Merloray Building

Another project to add to the Windsor that could have been… Instead it’s just added to the list of Unbuilt Windsor projects. The 18 story Merloray Building, announced February 13, 1929. I suspect the great crash of 1929 helped kill this project… THE MERLORAY BUILDING – TO BE FINEST AND LARGEST WEST OF TORONTO...

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180 Cabana Road West

July 27, 2009
180 Cabana Road West

Here’s one I’ve been meaning to post for a while. This out of place late 1920′s Tudor revival house sits on Cabana just east of Dougall. Surrounded by strip malls and 1960′s era homes, it’s always stood out to me, like a fish out of water. Note the circular drive. But, when the house...

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James Carlisle Pennington

July 24, 2009
James Carlisle Pennington

J.C. Pennington was one of Windsor’s most prolific architects. He along with partner John Boyde designed a huge number of schools, churches and other buildings, from the 1910′s through the early 1960′s. This house on Victoria Avenue was J.C. Pennington’s. A few years ago at a local bookshop I was looking through the books...

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711 Riverside Drive East

July 22, 2009
711 Riverside Drive East

Last occupied by the Drive Magazine, who has since moved on, this commercial building dating to about 1870, is one of the last remnants of the type of buildings that once lined the streets of Downtown Windsor. The building contains some old architectural elements not seen in other buildings around town, like these cast...

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Citizfaction.ca – 10 not 5

July 21, 2009
Citizfaction.ca – 10 not 5

As most of you may know there has been a push on to force Council to change from 5 wards with 2 councilors per ward to 10 wards with 1 per ward. This will increase accountability of the councilors to the constituents, and come election time, if someone hasn’t done a good job, then...

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Kennedy Building

July 20, 2009
Kennedy Building

Listed in the 1919 City Directory as the home of the Studebaker Corporation of Canada, this building now home to the Beer Market, has had a long life. In the early 1920′s (it’s listed as a furniture store in the 1921 directory) it was purchased and became home to the Meretsky & Glitin Furniture...

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666 Chatham Street East

July 17, 2009
666 Chatham Street East

Back in January, a report (which I thought I had, but can’t find…) came across the council agenda, requesting a demolition permit for 666-668 Chatham Street East. The report stated that based upon inspection the property is structurally sound, and that administration recommended that council deny the request. For what seems like the first...

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155-157 Louis

July 15, 2009
155-157 Louis

Next to go, is this burned out mess on Louis, right off of Riverside Drive. It’s about time the city started to take some action on these eyesore properties in the core. It wasn’t that long ago, if something burned down, it was quickly taken care of. These days it seems that these buildings...

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