St. Mary’s Church – Walkerville – 1904

Photo from the collection of the Library of Congress

Last Friday of September! Today’s old photo comes again from the collection of the Library of Congress, and the Detroit Publishing Company Archives.

Today we take a look at St. Mary’s Church, designed by Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson of Boston. This picture must date from 1904, as the church looks built, with just finishing touches going on, and the landscaping still not done.

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Here’s the view today.

Photo from the collection of the Library of Congress

With all old photos, it’s always about the details. I wonder what the story is here, with the couple and the woman?

Photo from the collection of the Library of Congress

Also, check the doorway, look out for the doggy.

Have a good weekend everyone! See you back here Monday, for the first post of October.

Time sure flies.

Pares Village Secondary School – Pares, Antigua

A while back architect Doug Johnson told me about a project he designed in 1965, and how there is a building he designed, but has never seen.

As part of a foreign aid program, a secondary school was designed here in Windsor, by local architects, and was built in Pares Village, Antigua, in the British West Indies in the Caribbean.

The plan called for a “U” plan

Some of the elevation views. According a building report I found on the internet, the school wasn’t built until 1971.

The photo above shows a view of the school today, and was found on the OAS Post Hurricane report page for Antigua and the West Indies. The Johnson-McWhinnie designed section, is to the rear of this building. The fieldstone can be seen poking above the roof on the left and right end of the building in the foreground. Sports day 2 & 3 albums show some decent views of the school, on the Pares Secondary School Facebook page.

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Above is a satellite view of the school. The “U” shape plan can be seen above.

There was also a set of plans drawn up under the same program for a primary school in Grand Bay, Dominica.

Oventhal Building – 1022 Wyandotte Street East

This building on Wyandotte Street West has long been one of my favourites. The large glass block windows on the second floor harken back to the 1930’s. I have no real information on the building or architect. The address comes up as being originally home to the Reycroft department store. I came across a picture of it form the early 1920’s and it’s not the same building, unless it was expanded and had new facade put on it.

After Reycroft it was home to The Buy-Right Store, operated by Murray Oventhal.

Some advertisements I saw for Buy-Right said “Since 1932”. Although the materials, the glazed brick and glass block are traditionally typical of the later 1930’s.

Ada C. Richards – Follow up

Back on the 7th, we took a final look at Ada C. Richards School. Last weekend, I swung by to take a look at the aftermath.

The structure is completely gone. Just a pile of rubble remains.

The sidewalk to the door remains, but lead only to bricks.

Houses on side streets are now visible from Ontario Street. No idea what the future holds for this parcel of land. It was sold earlier in the year, and is not owned by the school board any longer.

Our Lady Of The Lake – Walkerville

A postcard showing the interior of Our Lady of the Lake Church, c. 1910. The photo above is undated, but the church was built in 1907, and it was a Pesha postcard, and Mr. Pesha, passed away in a automobile accident in 1912. So the photo was taken sometime in that five year window.

The interior prior to closure, looked different than in the first photo. At time of closure the church was known as Our Lady of the Rosary. While a designated site, it is protected from demolition, but the longer it sits empty, the more precarious its future is. Hopefully a use for it is found soon.

Wyandotte and Louis

This big old commercial building had the dreaded orange fences go up the other day.

However given the scaffolding out front, I don’t think we’re going to see a demolition here. I sadly suspect a Windsor special “treatment” is planned.

Old original windows, and nice stone work in the facade.

Go see it while you can, the styrofoam should be slapped up soon.

I’m not sure why Windsorites hate architecture so much.

Casino Area Demolition

Over the weekend, some more demolitions took place. This house above…

…along with this one next door were both torched in a fire in April 2009.

Two and a half years later, they came down over this past weekend.

Sadly this large Victorian Commercial building also bit the dust.

Also victim of a suspicious fire this one was empty for the last few years.

It too bit the dust.

It’s too bad, in this Streetview screen capture, the corner of University & Glengarry, each had old Victorian era commercial buildings on each side, and it gave a glimpse into Windsor’s past. Now empty lots are all around.

I suspect more demolitions will follow in the casino area.