1118 Drouillard Road – Follow Up

May 3, 2013

Last Friday we took a look at Brown’s at 1118 Drouillard, as some of the metal cladding had come away from the building.

Stephen Lynn, Community Development Coordinator of the Ford City Neighbourhood Renewal pointed me towards Chris & Elaine Week’s “500 Ways you know you’re from Windsor“, where the picture at the bottom of this post, of the Rex Hotel at 1118 Drouillard appears.

So for everyone curious about what’s under all that siding… See below.

Also if you’re looking for something to do Sunday, the Ford City Neighbourhood Renewal is hosting the 2nd Ford City Jane’s Walk this Sunday, go visit this historic area of town.

Event details are here: http://www.facebook.com/events/539645349420557/

Have good weekend everyone, see you back here Monday.

8 Responses to 1118 Drouillard Road – Follow Up

  1. Uzzy on May 3, 2013 at 9:31 am

    What a handsome looking building it once was. It would be nice if it could be again.

  2. WalkerPub on May 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    peel back the layers- history revealed… tear that schitt down- it’s old!

  3. JBM on May 3, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    This is just more evidence to justify neighbourhood ‘standards’ to control ‘improvements’ of structures. Was this done because of deterioriting brickwork or was it done in the name of modernization? If for the former, there would have been more viable and appropriate solutions. If for the latter, then this is an example of a complete failure. This renovation has only achieved one thing… a premature demise to this building…. they have created an eyesore and another candidate for an empty lot. There is far too much of this going on in the city. The ‘charm’ is gone. The impression of long standing and stability of business districts has been eroded. There is nothing wrong with ‘old’ and tidy looking. There is nothing good about bad renovations with a short life span. And that includes stucco! Recently the town of Essex was forced to demolish a main street building merely because materials applied in an altruistic renovation were falling and posing a safety hazzard to adjacent businesses and the public… so sad.

  4. Dave on May 3, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    So it looks like the tile is from a remodel sometime in the 1950s early 1960s. Good detective work Andrew on finding an original picture.

  5. VP on May 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I see under the balcony the name Hurwitz. Architect or owner I wonder?

  6. Jesse Taylor-Vigneux on June 2, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I agree with you JBM!

  7. rusty pipes on June 9, 2013 at 2:25 am

    this is a cool pub with a neat history. the siding is from the 70′s during the time of polyester suits and vinyl is final. yes any one who goes in and patronize our local history will find. the owner says it is not metal siding, wishing it was so he could collect scap for it. and does not like stucco neither. again join in our local history of operating buildings and support the economies.

  8. Tran Longmoore on June 22, 2013 at 1:13 am

    The white/silver siding went up sometime in the late 80s or early 90s. It was brick as late as 84, when I was in eighth grade.
    It was still brick when it was Trisha’s.
    It changed its name before it became Betty’s Breaktime Lounge, which was a place where people sat and drank beer and played 50 cent lottery games for hours on end.
    The owners were Hungarian and made great Hungarian hamburgers served with no bun.

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