Store and Flats for Wyandotte Street – 1912

September 26, 2012

From the Evening Record, October 1912:

This is a new building to be erected on Wyandotte street for Messrs. Osterhout & Little from designs submitted byLeybourne & Whitney, architects and engineers, 204 Davis building. There will be two large and well lighted stores on the first floor with basements beneath. Upon the second floor there will be two flats, each containing a reception hall, a large living room. kitchen, pantry, two bedrooms with closets and a bathroom. The exterior will be made of pressed brick and stone, and the cornice will be decorated with show rafters and brackets and covered with a green tile. The building will cost about $10,000.

This building if still standing could be any one of hundreds of buildings along Wyandotte Street. Interesting to see how this and probably many of the building looked vastly different to today when first built. Nothing like stripping off any decorative elements and making them all look the same…

9 Responses to Store and Flats for Wyandotte Street – 1912

  1. Shawn on September 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    It would have been nice to own a flat up there in the early days. Nice and close to the bustling activity of the town.

  2. gary on September 26, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    what area of wyandotte would this building have been built??

  3. sandill on September 27, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Too bad those 2nd floor windows were at the same height as the exhaust stacks on the big trucks roaming Wyandotte. I used to see the diesel exhaust float through my apartment on Wyandotte before air-conditioning. New bridge might help?

  4. Richard McIntyre on September 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Back in 1912 when this was built there where no big trucks, diesel or gas, no tunnel, or no bridge to go to. Considering the ammount of air pollution from homes heated with wood or coal fires, and idustial plants todays air is a lot better.

  5. Jm on September 27, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I think that was 760 Wyandotte Street, between Marentette and Louis. It housed Whiteman Furniture from the early 1960s until 1996.

  6. Jane on September 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    In 1912 Wyandotte would not have been very long. I’m assuming this building was to be built in Windsor (?). The 1919-20 Vernon City Directory shows Wyandotte in Windsor running from Wellington to the west and to Gladstone to the east. At that point it was in Walkerville and only continued as far as Walker.

  7. Dave on October 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I agree Andrew. Why have brackets and cornices when stucco is so much better!

    Here’s an idea to the knobs who keep covering over brick or decoratives elements to put stucco on the building; buy a stucco building!

  8. Wayne Lessard on October 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    760 Wyandotte is a good guess. Mine is 1276 Wyandotte. It is now Glatter furniture and the front of the building has been substantially renovated.

  9. Jane on October 12, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I agree – 760 looks like it could be the same building!

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