Benstein Block – Pitt & McDougall – 1917

November 12, 2012

From the Evening Record, May 1917:

    Ever alert to the interest and prosperity of the city as well as to his own affairs, H. Benstein, merchant, now occupies the new building he recently erected at the corner of Pitt street and McDougall avenue, Windsor.

    The building is a credit to the city and is built on the site of Mr. Benstein’s old establishment in which he conducted a dry goods, clothing and grocery business for the past seventeen years. The structure is three stories high, about 50 x 90 feet, with entrances on Pitt and McDougall, and is of steel, concrete and brick construction trimmed with stone.

    The entire lower floor is occupied entirely by Mr. Benstein for his clothing, dry goods and grocery department, and in appointment is very appropriate. All the latest equipment has been installed making the store very complete and up-to-date. The second and third floors are laid out in apartments.

    Steam heats the entire building.

A nice handsome building. Another one that’s long lost to history…

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4 Responses to Benstein Block – Pitt & McDougall – 1917

  1. gary on November 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    i guess the Casino sits on the site today too bad beautiful old buildings like this have to die to make way for progress…but then thats Windsor’s way

  2. Richard McIntyre on November 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Was he ahead of the time grocery store, clothing store, and dry goods in one store,hyper-mart or forrunner big box store.
    I think that Consumers market was on thecorner of Pitt and McDougal in the fifties and sities,it was not a multiy storey building.

  3. Scott Hughes on November 13, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Yes, correct Richard… Consumers was on the southeast corner of Pitt and McDougall all the way into the 1970’s at least – was this building on that same corner, or kiddy-corner (northwest corner) where the apartment building is today?

  4. Vicki on November 13, 2012 at 7:16 am

    If you look at the 1949 DTE aerial view of this intersection, it suggests that this Benstein building was located on the northwest corner.

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