Proposed Jewish Community Centre – 1955

From the Windsor Daily Star – April 27, 1955:

    This architect’s conception of the proposed new Windsor Jewish Community Centre shows a building of ultra-modern design. The building will be located between Ouellette and Pelissier near Jackson Park, if city council gives final approval to plans of the local Jewish Community Council. Homeowners in the vicinity of the proposed site will be petitioned to see weather they have any objections. City council’s public works committee last night approved the plan in principal but deferred its decision on the zoning amendments until neighbouring residents have had their say. Fund for the $300,000 structure were raised in a campaign last year. Community Centre representatives explained the building was attractive from all angles.

Does anyone remember if this was built? The Community Centre is on Ouellette, but looks more 1970’s. Was this built and demolished?

Prime Minister’s Visit – 1963

A UPI Telephoto – dated March 6, 1963

    Prime Minister John Diefenbaker helps Mrs. Diefenbaker down train steps upon arrival here 3/6. Prime Minister Diefenbaker campaigned in the Windsor, Ont., industrial area. The latest chapter in the nuclear controversy that toppled Diefenbaker’s conservative government was a report from Washington D.C., 3/5 that the Prime Minister had revealed classified U.S. defence information. Diefenbaker was pressed for comment on the report 3/6 during his campaign swing.

The P.M.s visit didn’t rate that highly with the Windsor Star, and his visit to the Walkerville station, only had a small story that was relegated to Page 3.

Have a good weekend everyone! See you back here Monday.

Princeton Motel – 3032 Dougall Road


    — MEMBER —

    Highway 3B – Entrance to 401 Highway
    Windsor 21, Ontario

    Featuring swimming pool, carpeted rooms, direct
    dial telephones, air conditioning, Color T.V., F.M.
    Radios, tiled four piece baths, efficiency units,
    meeting and banquet rooms, breakfast room on
    premises, and a variety of fine eating establishments
    in the immediate locale – Conveniently located
    to a variety of shopping centre.

    Phone (519) 969-2750

The building is still there, and is today known as the Stonecroft Inn.

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Riverside United Church

From the Border Cities Star – January 17, 1929


    This is an architect’s sketch of the proposed new Riverside United Church, which is soon to be erected at the corner of Glidden and Ontario streets, Riverside, at a cost of $10,000.

    Designed by G. Buller Colthurst, architect, Bank of Montreal Building, the church will contain seating capacity for 450 people. It will be constructed of brick and tile with stone dressings and a shingle roof. The plans also provide for class rooms in the basement and an assembly hall which will meet both Sunday school requirements and social activities.

    Rev. R. A. Brook, 48 St. Louis avenue, Riverside, is pastor of the new congregation. W. F. Purdy is chairman of the building committee, and J. E. Jackson, clerk of the congregation.

    Some days ago Dr. Colin G. Young, of Toronto, head of the Home Mission Board of the United Church, gave his formal sanction to the plans while on a visit to the Border.

This classic looking Church still stands, looking nearly the same over 80 years later.

** NOTE there will be no post Monday due to the holiday. Have a good long weekend everyone. See you back here Tuesday.

New Children’s Wing at County Sanatorium

From the Border Cities Star – November 24, 1928:

This is an architect’s sketch of the new children’s wing, now going up for the Essex County Sanatorium, Sandwich, at a structural cost of $110,000.

When completely furnished and equipped, the handsome structure will represent a much heavier outlay of funds, and this is the reason why the various chapters of the Imperial Order, Daughters of the Empire, in the Border and county, will require extra receipts from the annual Christmas Seal campaign, that is to get under way next week.

Thus the worthy cause lying behind the efforts of the I.O.D.E. can be materially aided by generous returns on the part of the public for whose benefit the Sanatorium primarily exists.

“People have been so good to us in the past; we hope they’ll be even more so this year,” said Mrs. H. R. Casgratn, president of the Essex Health Association,
which operates the Sanatorium for the I.O.D.E.

Under a new system supplies of Christmas seals will be placed on sale in all parts of the county, by the use of a direct-by-mail campaign. This will involve the
despatching of envelopes to a large list of people, each envelope containing $1 worth of the stamps. The returns from this campaign are expected to be considerable.

In addition, the colored stamps which are useiul as Yuletide greetings, will be placed on sale by all of the I.0.D.E. chapters.

Mrs. L. A. Killen, a former chairman of the Windsor Board of Education, is listed as the first donor to the Christmas Seal fund. She has placed her real estate office in the Bartlet Building at the service of the I.O.D.E., as campaign headquarters.

Plans for the children’s wing were drawn up by Pennington and Boyde. with J. W. Leighton, as associate architect. The firm has offices in the Security Building.

Anyone have any memories of this place? It was at Western Hospital on Prince Road. I know they recently demolished some buildings at the hospital in the last few years. I always meant to get out there and photograph them, but I never did. Was this one of the buildings that was recently demolished? Help me out here west-siders.

Jackson Cleaner & Dyer – Erie St. E. at Lillian

From the Border Cities Star – January 12, 1929:

This is the new home of Jackson Cleaner and Dyer, at Erie and Lillian streets, which will be in operation at the beginning of next week. The plant, equipped, represents an expenditure of $10,000. The ground floor of the establishment is 83 by 84 feet. The central unit is two stories high, while each of the adjoining wings is one storey in height. With the new plant in operation, the firm’s output will be doubled, officials say.

Here’s a shot of the fire insurance map from 1937, showing them still in operation. By 1957, there are no cleaners listed in the phone book at that location.

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Above is the same corner today. I don’t think it’s the same building. The overhead view doesn’t resemble the fire insurance map, but stranger things have happened. Anyone know anything, or remember the old building?

Lanspeary Park

The postcard above from the mid 1920’s shows a view of Lanspeary Park.

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Bounded by Giles to the north, Ottawa to the south, Langlois to the west and Pierre to the east, Lanspeary is home to a pool, ice rink, ball diamonds, bandstand as well as greenhouses, which I was told once were part of the Willstead property.

From the City of Windsor Official Parks History:

Lanspeary Park
Commonly known as: Lanspeary Park
Former/other names: none
Location: bounded by Ottawa, Langlois, Giles and Pierre Streets
Property acquired: 1917
Acreage: 11.4
Official designation: Community park

Lanspeary Park is named in honour of former Windsor Alderman W.D. Lanspeary, an individual
who chaired the City’s Parks Committee in 1917, when the park was initially established. In all,
Lanspeary served nine years on City Council, including a three-year stint as chairman of the Parks
Committee. He was a key figure in the development of several public parks, including Straith and
Mitchell. As well, Lanspeary was instrumental in negotiations to provide Windsor with basic hydro

In 1917, a $70,000 debenture issue enabled the City to purchase several parkland sites, including a
portion of today’s Lanspeary Park. Lands to expand the park were acquired in piecemeal fashion
over the following three years, at a total cost of nearly $100,000. In 1926, a modest greenhouse,
designed to showcase the Parks Department’s plants, flowers and shrubs, was established at the
park. A radio-equipped bandstand, ornamental entranceways, playground equipment and a cricket
pitch were also added to the park. In total, the City spent $11,000 to upgrade and refine Lanspeary
Park in 1926.

The Lions Club of Windsor, long known as an active, resourceful service club, began an extensive
fund raising drive in 1950, aimed at raising enough money to finance the installation of an outdoor
swimming pool at the park. Ultimately, the Lions Club publicly raised $25,000 and generously
contributed an additional $50,000 from their own coffers. After the City contributed $25,000, the
project was financially viable, and construction soon began on Windsor’s first outdoor swimming
pool. In 1991, the outdoor pool needed to be refurbished and again, the Lions Club contributed.
Along with funds from Wintario and the City both the pool and change rooms were improved.

Lanspeary Park is a vibrant, versatile public facility, providing Windsorites with an extensive
variety of high quality recreational facilities. Besides a standard array of playground equipment, the
site also contains bocce courts and an outdoor ice rink. The Department of Parks and Recreation’s
greenhouses are also located at the park. Lanspeary Park is probably best known as the home of
Windsor’s annual Labour Day Festival, a major local event which consistently attracts large