Dillon Hall – 1928

November 20, 2013
Dillon Hall – 1928

A neat old picture of the newly opened Assumption University Classroom building on Patricia Road in Sandwich. One of the new modern civic buildings featured in a promotional booklet of the day. I love the car and the little tiny trees… Don’t forget the calendar is available for purchase over in the shop. They’re...

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Database Problems

November 18, 2013

Hey everyone, thanks for your patience. We experienced a bit of a hiccup, but thanks to the team at the webhost, they were able to get the site back up and running. Regular posting resumes Wednesday.

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Calendars for sale this Weekend

November 15, 2013
Calendars for sale this Weekend

This Saturday only, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, copies of the IM 2014 calendar will be available at the Border City Knits booth at the Made in Windsor Show and Sale. The calendars will only be there on Saturday (tomorrow), not tonight. As always, they’re also available here directly from the IM.com Shop....

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Walkerville General Hospital – 1928

November 13, 2013
Walkerville General Hospital – 1928

A great old photograph of the Walkerville General Hospital shortly after opening. Better known as Metropolitan General Hospital, that building is still there hiding behind the many additions over the years. On a side note, you may experience some delay in comments being posted to the site. As IM has grown, it’s also become...

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11-11

November 11, 2013
11-11

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie...

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Proposed Hiram Walker Memorial – 1927

November 8, 2013
Proposed Hiram Walker Memorial – 1927

From the Border Cities Star – May 28, 1927: Walkerville ratepayers will vote Monday on a bylaw providing for the expenditure of $10,000 to construct the memorial shown in the sketch in honor of the late Hiram Walker, founder and benefactor of the municipality. The memorial, if approved, will be located at the north...

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Ouellette and Wyandotte – c. 1940

November 6, 2013
Ouellette and Wyandotte – c. 1940

A neat old view looking north along Ouellette from the intersection of Wyandotte. So many lost buildings and lost signs. The street was jammed and commerce was bustling.

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Assumption High School – c. 1965

November 4, 2013
Assumption High School – c. 1965

An old postcard view of the new Assumption High School, as noted on the back of the card “directed by the BASILIAN FATHERS” My favourite part of the card is the fact that Huron Church road looks like a rinky dink little 4 lane roads with a grassy median in the middle. Hope everyone...

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Our Lady of the Lake – Walkerville

November 1, 2013
Our Lady of the Lake – Walkerville

Continuing with the early era, edge of Walkerville churches, here today is an old postcard again about 1910, showing our Lady of the Lake church in Walkerville. Last known as Our Lady of the Rosary, the church was built in 1908 and closed in 2007, and it is currently vacant. The intersection of Drouillard...

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Methodist Church – Walkerville

October 30, 2013
Methodist Church – Walkerville

Today’s postcard dates to about 1910 and shows the Walkerville Methodist Church. This church building was the forerunner to the Lincoln Road united church building that is there today. It was built on Lincoln Road because Hiram Walker didn’t feel the need for a second church in Walkerville, as his current church was usually...

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IM Calendar for sale!

October 28, 2013
IM Calendar for sale!

  NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE The 2014 IM Calender is available for purchase today, in the new revamped IM Shop. Clicking either image above or below will take you to the new shop, which will open in a new Window, or use the link above ^^^   Don’t forget I’ll be selling copies tomorrow...

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2014 International Metropolis Calendars Are In!

October 25, 2013
2014 International Metropolis Calendars Are In!

The 2014 Edition of the Calendar is in! This year I’ve got a new supplier, so that means they’re a little different… They’re no longer coil bound… The interior calendar grid is a little different… And this year they are a 13 month Calendar instead of the usual 12 months. So this will keep...

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The Ambassador Traffic Bridge

October 23, 2013
The Ambassador Traffic Bridge

A neat old rendering of the bridge from 1927. The caption reads: The Longest Single Span in the World, linking the Border Cities with Detroit, now under construction, to be formally opened in September, 1929.

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Bartlet Building Annex – 1927

October 21, 2013
Bartlet Building Annex – 1927

An old image of the Bartlet Building Annex, from a chamber of commerce publication in 1927. The original Bartlet building is immediately east, while the taller annex building was built in 1924, and designed by David J. Cameron & William M. Ralston. Interesting to note that the Chamber of Commerce was once made up...

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University & Victoria – 1972

October 18, 2013
University & Victoria – 1972

A shot of the ground floor banking space in the Metropolitan Building from an ad that was published in 1972. A neat shot of the corner when it was occupied. The last tenant that I can remember was the HSCB bank, that has since moved to the old Krispy Kreme doughnut shop on Howard...

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Carnegie Library – c. 1970

October 16, 2013
Carnegie Library – c. 1970

A shot of the interior of the Carnegie Library at Park and Victoria. The building was built in 1903, and was demolished following the opening of the new Central Library Branch on Ouellette Avenue in 1973.

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I.O.D.E. Hospital – Prince Road – 1972

October 11, 2013
I.O.D.E. Hospital – Prince Road – 1972

Above is a shot, of what was being used in 1972 as the regional children’s centre on the grounds of the I.O.D.E. Hospital, which was later Western Hospital, and is today known as the Tayfour Campus of Windsor Regional Hospital. The Building above originally opened as part of the Essex County Sanitorium which relocated...

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Scale Model of the Metropolitan Hospital Expansion – 1972

October 9, 2013
Scale Model of the Metropolitan Hospital Expansion – 1972

A view today of the architect’s scale model of the expansion of Met Hospital. The expansion that made the hospital look like it did above was done in 1974, and brought the hospital from 360 beds to 507 beds. Another expansion in the more recent past in 2005 gave us the hospital we have...

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Simpsons-Sears Devonshire Mall – 1972

October 7, 2013
Simpsons-Sears Devonshire Mall – 1972

Happy Monday, here’s a neat ad for the newish Simpsons-Sears store at Devonshire Mall, dated from 1972. The ad indicates that the store opened in September, 1970, and features a nice rendering of the store.

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Coming Soon – 2014 IM Calendar

October 4, 2013
Coming Soon – 2014 IM Calendar

Hey guys, just a heads up that the 2014 calendars are going to press in the next few days. Details and pricing to follow. There’s a new supplier this year and it will likely result in a price decrease over last year’s calendar. This one will also be a 13 month calendar unlike the...

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Highway Tavern – 1969

October 2, 2013
Highway Tavern – 1969

Image courtesy Chris Edwards, Walkerville Publishing Today’s picture comes courtesy of Chris Edwards of Walkerville Publishing, it shows a view looking east along Wyandotte Street from the intersection with Dougall. The Highway Tavern, the subject of Monday’s post is visible on the left. Thanks to Chris for sending this image along.

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HighwayTavern – 592 Dougall

September 30, 2013
HighwayTavern – 592 Dougall

The old Highway Tavern at the corner of Wyandotte and Dougall, which oddly enough actually has a Dougall Avenue municipal address, is likely not long for this world. This old place, built into a large old residential property, recently had a demolition permit requested. The 1923 directory lists it as a side by side...

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Willistead – 1906

September 27, 2013
Willistead – 1906

A nice old shot from the Library of Congress showing the Albert Kahn designed Willistead Manor. Interesting to see the original landscaping, before the grounds became the park it is today. An interesting detail shot, there’s a glimpse of a worker there…. As well as you can see the steeple of the original St....

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Pitt Street Looking East – 1920

September 25, 2013
Pitt Street Looking East – 1920

Happy Wednesday everyone! A neat shot looking east down Pitt Street towards Ouellette. The street car at the end of the shot is on the other side of Ouellette and was the W.E. & L.S. car to the county. The closest building on the left beside the car is the real estate office of...

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The Crawford House – 1920

September 22, 2013
The Crawford House – 1920

This photograph shown above shows the Crawford House hotel that was situated on the north side of Sandwich Street (today’s Riverside Drive) at Ferry. The hotel was owned by Alexander Crawford, the namesake of Crawford Avenue on the near west side, and originally a native of Montreal. The Crawford House was built in 1875,...

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New Homes on Randolph – 1919

September 18, 2013
New Homes on Randolph – 1919

From the Border Cities Era June 7, 1919: View of Randolph avenue in Sandwich, showing construction work on 20 homes that are being erected by the Border Cities Builders, Limited, recently incorporated with a capital of $40,000. Randolph avenue is located in the choice residential section that embraces the rapidly growing district between Windsor...

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916 Buckingham – The Hollywood Model Home

September 16, 2013
916 Buckingham – The Hollywood Model Home

From the Windsor Daily Star, June 25, 1955: This beautiful Hollywood Home is the direct result of many years of study and intense planning by a prominent California architect. The interior consists of 3 spacious bedrooms, huge 24-ft. living room with dining area, step saving kitchen with side door entrance leading to carport, studio...

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School At Amherstburg – 1923

September 13, 2013
School At Amherstburg – 1923

From the December, 1923 issue of “Construction” is the picture above. Unfortunately there is no other information about the location. As I’ve said before, I’m severely lacking in my knowledge of the county. Does anyone recognize the building? Is it still around? The only notations with the picture are: Architect, Norman McEvers, Windsor and...

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Tecumseh & St Anne – Tecumseh – c. 1953

September 11, 2013
Tecumseh & St Anne – Tecumseh – c. 1953

Above is a shot of the corner of Tecumseh Road and St. Anne Boulevard in the town of Tecumseh. Here’s the same view about 60 years later. The missing steeple on the church is probably the biggest change to the landscape here. Does anyone know the history of the building on the south east...

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Dillon Hall – 1927

September 9, 2013
Dillon Hall – 1927

From the Border Cities Star – November 15, 1927: Shown here is Assumption College’s $300,000 classroom building, construction work on which has just been completed. The structure fronts Patricia road, but the rear, which faces the other college buildings, is similar in design to the front. It provides Assumption with accommodations for 800 students....

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