Monthly Archives: April 2010

Devonshire Racetrack – 1932

April 30, 2010
Devonshire Racetrack – 1932

This old news photo was taken July 23, 1932 at Devonshire Racetrack. Back when horse racing was illegal in Michigan, people used to flock to the Windsor tracks to see live racing. A neat view of the old clubhouse that fronted Howard Avenue. Also visible in this old photo, along with the Detroit skyline,...

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St Clair College Mediaplex

April 28, 2010
St Clair College Mediaplex

The old Salvation Army building at Victoria & University, which has sat derelict for many years, is nearing the end of its conversion into the new St. Clair College Mediaplex. The Mediaplex, is nearly done, and on a super tight deadline in order to qualify for stimulus funding. At first I wasn’t sure about...

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Hydro Substations

April 26, 2010
Hydro Substations

Today’s post is a bit of a big one… But this is only the tip of them… I’ve been long interested by the small neighbourhood hydro substations. Many blend in almost seamlessly into the surrounding area, with only the “Danger High Voltage” sign tipping you off that these buildings serve another purpose. I’ve noted...

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Ice breaking – 1928

April 23, 2010
Ice breaking – 1928

Another old photo today. This one dates to 1928, again from the Detroit News or Detroit Times archives. The caption on the back of this one reads as follows: Str. LaSalle breaking its way through ice to the Windsor dock, 1-15-28. Taken from Str. Cadillac A neat view of the old ferry bashing its...

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The Working Man’s Mansion

April 21, 2010
The Working Man’s Mansion

From the Windsor Star Classifieds in October, 1971. View Larger Map Here’s the “Mansion” today. It’s a fact that our real estate hasn’t increased in value over the years, in fact Windsor has some of the most affordable property in the country. This house was listed for $26,900 in 1971. That amount is equal...

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Chinee Villa

April 19, 2010
Chinee Villa

Back in February of this year, I had a post about the Mai-Mai. The owners of the Mai-Mai it was discovered were also the owners of the east side’s Chinee Villa. A few weeks ago, I was out for lunch, and pull into the plaza next to the old Chinee Villa. The building is...

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L.A. Young Spring & Wire Corporation – Plant 3

April 16, 2010
L.A. Young Spring & Wire Corporation – Plant 3

Back in April, 2009 we took a look at the former L.A Young Factory on McDougall. During a recent trip to the Home and Leisure Show at the Windsor Expo Centre/Ex-GM Transmission Plant, I was surprised to see a painted sign on the back of this St. Luke Rd. building. The building is old,...

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880 Ouellette Avenue – Corporate House

April 14, 2010
880 Ouellette Avenue – Corporate House

880 Ouellette, due south of the Main Branch of the Windsor Public Library, stands an one of the few unaltered mid-century office blocks in the city. While it looks a little shabby and dirty these days, she’s still a nice looking building. Although, how she looks today, isn’t how she was planned… From the...

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Fountain Unveiling – May 24, 1906

April 12, 2010
Fountain Unveiling – May 24, 1906

Back in December, 2008, I took an in-depth look at the Memorial Fountain that is located in Jackson Park. Included in the coverage was this ad: IN THE MORNING Unveiling of Memorial Fountain erected in the memory of the Essex Soldiers who fell in South Africa. Military Parade through principal streets. The unveiling was...

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