Ouellette & Park – c. 1933

March 10, 2014
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An old look back at the north east corner of Ouellette and Park. The old Prince Edward Hotel sat on the corner, it was demolished as replaced with the Scotia Bank branch there today. Windsor has lost a great many buildings over the years, but it’s these tall massive ones like the Prince Edward...

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Highway Tavern Demolition – Part 2

March 7, 2014
Highway Tavern Demolition – Part 2

I took a ride by the old Highway Tavern the other day to check out the progress. I was surprised to find the site empty. They made really quick work of the old place. Anyone know if there’s any plans for the site? Here today… …gone tomorrow.

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Highway Tavern Demolition

March 5, 2014
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Demolition of the former Highway Tavern got under way earlier this week as the building eaters scraped away this large building on the edge of downtown. Reader Lisa T. sent along a few pictures of the demolition in progress. They started around the back, and it looks like they made pretty quick work of...

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Sandwich Street Looking East – 1915

March 3, 2014
Sandwich Street Looking East – 1915

This photographs was taken just west of Ferry Street looking east towards Ferry. The site occupied today by the St Clair Centre For The Arts (ex Cleary Auditorium), the old Norwich Block can be seen in the distance. This photograph was dated, 1915. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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Mystery Building – 1915

February 28, 2014
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This building was included in an album of photos of Windsor and Walkerville and was dated 1915. Unfortunately there zero info with the photographs, and while I looked for year, I have yet to find out what or where this building was. So, take a look at this mysterious building. It was obviously important...

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Merchant’s Bank – 1920

February 26, 2014
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A look today at the south east corner of Ouellette and Chatham today. Standing on the corner is the Merchant’s Bank of Canada building. To the left of the bank building is the Vital Ouellette house, still standing, but well hidden. It used to sit on the corner but was moved to the east...

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Calendar Clearout Sale

February 24, 2014
Calendar Clearout Sale

Happy Monday everyone! Hope everyone had a golden weekend. To celebrate the end of the Olympics, and to clear out some stock that’s recently been returned from the retail venues that were selling the calendar, over in the store, the 2014 IM calendars are being sold at more that 50% off. Pick one up...

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Ouellette Avenue Rose Garden – c 1933

February 21, 2014
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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...

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Kingsville-On-The-Lake Part 2 – c. 1933

February 19, 2014
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Continuing our look at Kingsville, there are a few more shots today… Boats leave from this wharf at Kingsville for Pelee Island From No. 2 tee, Kingsville 18-hole Golf Club. Visitors Welcome.

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Kingsville-On-The-Lake Part 1 – c. 1933

February 17, 2014
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From a travel guide from the early 1930’s is this little trip out to Kingsville… The write up on Kingsville is as follows: Kingsville is one of the most southerly towns in Canada. It is 28 miles south-east of Windsor over paved roads. There are fine bathing beaches in front of the town, at...

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Windsor – Detroit Subway – 1925

February 14, 2014
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One to file in the proposed, but unbuilt files. From November 1925, came this proposal for an electric subway train under the river linking Windsor and Detroit. The caption in the lower left reads as follows: The architect’s drawing pictured above, shows one of the proposed terminals for the electric train subway which the...

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Amalgamation

February 12, 2014
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The Town of Walkerville election notice in the December 6, 1934 issue of the Walkerville News. The ballot included a vote on Amalgamation with the Border Communities, the Walkerville News was urging all eligible voters to turn out and to vote “NO” on amalgamation. Oddly enough the town of Riverside was included in the...

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St Mary’s Academy

February 10, 2014
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A full frontal view of St. Mary’s Academy along Ouellette Avenue, from the early 1920’s. The original spire of St. Alphonsus church is visible behind the school, labeled as the “Catholic Convent” on this postcard. The school was demolished in 1928 to make way for the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel.

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Sandwich Street Looking West – 1895

February 7, 2014
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Image from the SWODA A shot of the south side of today’s Riverside Drive looking west from Ouellette. The front entrance of Merchants Bank building (later the Ritz Hotel) is visible on the right hand side of the photograph. The old Norwich Block is visible on the left hand side, along with the block...

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Ouellette Avenue Looking South – 1895

February 5, 2014
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Image from the SWODA Today’s shot features an neat view looking south along Ouellette Avenue from today’s Riverside Drive. The photo was likely taken from the British American Hotel. Of note is the old open street car Number 22 riding up Ouellette Avenue.

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Central Fire Hall – Pitt Street – 1895

February 3, 2014
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Image from the University of Windsor SWODA A view of the first Central Fire Hall on Pitt Street at McDougall. The photo above dates to 1895, probably not too long after the station was built. It was replaced in 1928 by the second Fire Headquarters featured here, which was again replaced in 1969.

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401 Bruce Avenue

January 31, 2014
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Photo from Google Streetview Driving through downtown Windsor the other week, I noted that this place, that sat at the south west corner of Bruce and Park was just a vacant lot. Photo from Google Streetview While the front suffered from a bad siding job, a view along the Park Street side revealed a...

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Missing Wednesday

January 29, 2014

Hey everyone, sorry about today. I had done all of the posts this month ahead of time… but apparently I forgot about today. Posting will resume Friday.

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Elmwood Casino – 1984

January 27, 2014
Elmwood Casino – 1984

The photo above ran in the Detroit News in January 1984. It accompanied a story on the conversion of the old Elmwood Casino into Brentwood. This photograph shows the original entrance to the 1940’s dining room and lounge. The original entrance featured tile mosaic trees. All of this entrance way has been covered over,...

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St Mary’s Demolition Prep Work – 1977

January 24, 2014
St Mary’s Demolition Prep Work – 1977

This photograph, taken in April, 1977 shows the rear of St Mary’s academy in South Windsor as the bottom floor was opened up to allow the demolition company to set the charges used to implode the building. Such a grand building, I know I’ve said it before, time and again, but it’s such a...

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Detroit – Windsor Tunnel Construction – 1929

January 22, 2014
Detroit – Windsor Tunnel Construction – 1929

Today’s picture shows the construction of the tunnel on the Windsor side, this is looking north towards Detroit, Park Street crosses right there. Note the big old house on the left hand side behind the armouries. That house is today a parking lot. Windsor at one time had an amazing amount of architecture.

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Windsor Assembly Plant – 1984

January 20, 2014
Windsor Assembly Plant – 1984

This photo was taken in February, 1984, 30 years ago next month, and it shows the assembly line making Chrysler’s “all new mini-van”. Hard to believe three decades later, the old mini-van is still rolling off the line.

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Walkerville Bank Of Montreal – 1959

January 17, 2014
Walkerville Bank Of Montreal – 1959

Today’s photo shows the Walkerville branch of the Bank of Montreal at Wyandotte and Chilver on June 9, 1959, following a daylight bank robbery in which a Windsor police office was shot. A good description of the robbery can be found here on the Walkerville Times website. The building, built in 1912 as the...

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Ouellette Avenue & Chatham Street – c. 1925

January 15, 2014
Ouellette Avenue & Chatham Street – c. 1925

A different view today. This postcard shows Ouellette Avenue looking south. In the foreground to the left is what’s under the blue metal siding of the Shanfields-Meyers China Shop. The old Bank of Montreal Building can be seen on the south side of Chatham Street.To the left is the old Vital Ouellette house, which...

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Downtown Windsor – 1971

January 13, 2014
Downtown Windsor – 1971

This view of Ouellette Avenue, taken in September, 1971, is looking north east towards the intersection of Ouellette and University. The old Place Theatre is visible on the right hand side. Hope everyone had a good weekend!

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Detroit Civic Center – 1976

January 10, 2014
Detroit Civic Center – 1976

Across the river today to the north shore for an interesting look at Hart Plaza and the RenCen under construction in this photo taken in March, 1976. Visible in the foreground is the fairly recently demolished Ford Auditorium. Have a great weekend everyone, see you back here Monday.

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Lincoln Road – c. 1905

January 8, 2014
Lincoln Road – c. 1905

An interesting old postcard shot showing what I believe to be the last block of Lincoln Road looking north towards Riverside Dr and the river. It looks like a nice quiet small town road. Looks like the house with the turret is still there too… Have a good Wednesday everyone!

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Windsor Rail Yard – 1985

January 6, 2014
Windsor Rail Yard – 1985

This snowy shot looking north towards Detroit, shows the CP rail yards. It was taken in January, 1985. Speaking of snow, drive safely today if you’re going out… I for one am sick of winter.

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St Mary’s – c 1928

January 3, 2014
St Mary’s – c 1928

Hope everyone had a nice holiday. Up today is a neat old postcard from shortly after construction, with a neat view of the tower of St. Mary’s Academy. This was quite the building, it’s a shame that it met the wrecking ball. See you back here Monday. Enjoy the first weekend of 2014! Here’s...

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Merry Christmas – 1963

December 23, 2013
Merry Christmas – 1963

50 years ago Heinz was wishing everyone a merry Christmas with this full page ad in the Windsor Star. Sadly Heinz had full page news for all the wrong reasons in 2013. As the holidays fall upon us, I just want to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa or Happy...

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