Ouellette Avenue Rose Garden – c 1933

From the same tourist brochure is the photo above. The caption reads:

    Rose Gardens, Ouellette Avenue, Windsor

This shot is taken along Ouellette Avenue in front of what was then an open lot to the Tunnel. This site has since been replaced with the Holiday Inn.

Have a great weekend everyone, see you back here Monday.

9 Comments:

  1. Well how about that – they built something on a parking lot. :)

  2. Yup, but look at the timefame. When was the last time they did that downtown?

  3. I remember that rose garden when I was a kid in the 50’s. It went along Ouellette all way south to where the pedestrian entrance to the tunnel bus was. Did it last until the Holiday Inn was built?

  4. Dave, in respect to your question, do pay-and-display huts count?

  5. The new aquatic centre replaced a parking lot did it not? :)

  6. There was a covered, green painted ,open sided walkway fron the tunnel to the road. There were bed after bed of red roses leading up to Park street, not unlike the lush gardens at the public works at the NE corner of Howard and Tec. and in Jackson Park. Hence, the City of Roses. Our parks today are gorgeous in the same tradition.

  7. RobS, but the parking lot provided was due to torn down homes. And due to that building the surface lots throughout the area are going to stay.

    LOL@ John! Well done!

  8. Dave, fair enough, but those homes were torn down in like the 80s if I’m not mistaken. It was a parking lot for close to 30 years. You don’t think that replacing a 30 year old massive parking lot with a structure is progress? The neighboring parking lots being utilized and full of cars should be a sign that people are actually wanting to come downtown for a change. :)

  9. Thank you so much for the photo and thanks to Mark R for the reminder of the green open sided walkway. As soon as I saw the photo I thought of the green painted wood. As a child, late ’40s and ‘through the 50s, I was downtown frequently with my Mother. With a nod to Bob Hope, Thanks for the memories!

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