Wednesday?

June 19, 2013

Hey guys, apparently this week I lost track of the days, as evidenced by the lack of a post today. So sorry! See you all back here Friday.

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Erie & Goyeau

June 17, 2013
Erie & Goyeau

Anyone know what’s going on with the commercial block on the south east corner of Erie and Goyeau? Long time tenants Dak’s Flowers moved out to a new location, and now all the crappy cladding has been stripped from the ground floor. There are signs in the windows for Titan Group. Rehabilitation, or demolition...

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Interesting Graffiti

June 14, 2013
Interesting Graffiti

I’m always amazed that there isn’t more interesting or clever graffiti around town. Most of it is just tags. Everyone once in a while you see something a little bit different. I’ve been a fan of this one on McDougall for a while now, and finally got around to getting a picture of it....

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Happy 10th Birthday! 2003 – 2013

June 12, 2013
Happy 10th Birthday! 2003 – 2013

So today is the official 10th birthday of InternationalMetropolis.com. The domain was registered on June 12, 2003. Old Logo c. 2003 Here’s the first few posts made to the site… While the name was registered on June 12th, the first post above appeared on June 15, 2003. The first Windsor post appeared the next...

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Historic Train Slideshow – Number 12

June 10, 2013
Historic Train Slideshow – Number 12

OK IM fans, the July slide show is the show for you… The show Saturday July 6, is going to feature a joint presentation between myself and the legendary Bernie Drouillard. A good time will be had by all. Don’t miss out. Saturday, July 6th, 7.30pm – Action Hobbies hosts Historical Train Slide Show...

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McDougall Avenue Foundry – Follow Up

June 7, 2013
McDougall Avenue Foundry – Follow Up

Back in September, 2012 we took a look at this place over on McDougall Avenue. Slowly over the last few months the place has slowly started to get stripped down. I’m not sure what the future holds, but it sure looks like this one is going to be one for the history books shortly…...

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Chry Moto Club – 2330 McDougall Avenue

June 5, 2013
Chry Moto Club – 2330 McDougall Avenue

The Chry Moto club on McDougall, across from Windsor Stadium is so named for the Chrysler Motors factory that once stood a few blocks north at McDougall and Tecumseh Road. I once heard a story, I don’t remember where or from who, but they told me that this building is actually the old clubhouse...

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Wyandotte and Ouellette – c. 1965

June 3, 2013
Wyandotte and Ouellette – c. 1965

A neat view of Ouellette Avenue looking north towards Wyandotte street, from about the mid 1960′s. This corner is my favourite part of the card. The Johnson & McWhinnie designed Bank of Montreal Building, that was sadly reclad in the mid 1990′s, but beyond that, I love the wall of neon signs. It looks...

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515-523 Chatham Street East

May 31, 2013
515-523 Chatham Street East

The other week this picture above was posted as 527-533 Chatham Street East bit the dust. The building immediately west at 515-523 was still standing, but boarded up. This is how it looked in the spring of 2009. Earlier this week, I cruised past and noticed it too was long gone…

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CN Passenger Station – 1976

May 29, 2013
CN Passenger Station – 1976

A neat look back at our now departed passenger station. This photo of the second Walkerville Station, was taken in August, 1976, back in the pre-via days, when the passenger system was still run by CN. It’s amazing how little this station changed from when this shot was taken, to when it closed last...

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New Central Fire Hall – 1969

May 27, 2013
New Central Fire Hall – 1969

From the Windsor Star – December 27, 1969: TAKING SHAPE – Windsor’s new central fire station is rapidly taking shape. The new, $670,000 building is on Goyeau St. at Elliott St. E. Scheduled for completion next spring, the new hall will replace the present 41-year-old fire department headquarters station on Pitt St. E. The...

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Central Fire Headquarters – Pitt Street East – 1928

May 24, 2013
Central Fire Headquarters – Pitt Street East – 1928

A neat shot here of the old Central Fire Headquarters, on Pitt Street. It was located on the north side of the street, directly across from the old City Market, between Windsor Avenue and McDougall. Designed by Albert Lothian, the building was eventually replaced by the current headquarters on Goyeau & Elliot. The building...

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Prince Edward Hotel – 1928

May 22, 2013
Prince Edward Hotel – 1928

  A neat old postcard view, this one dated 1928, of the “new” Prince Edward Hotel on Ouellette and Park. Sadly this one too is long gone. I like the little bot of artistic license take with the hustle and bustle in the foreground. My favourite is the dude in a top hat and...

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Heritage House For Sale

May 17, 2013
Heritage House For Sale

As we head into the long weekend I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable long weekend. A bit of news concerning anyone who’s interested in owning a heritage property of their own, as this great property has recently just come on the market. Details are available here on the Private Exchange listing. Also...

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Devonshire Road – c. 1910

May 15, 2013
Devonshire Road – c. 1910

Back when Walkerville was a self contained community, this view show how well this little town was connected to the outside world. Streetcar tracks are visible in the road. The Train station is just past the bank, and at the end of the road the Ferry to Detroit. It’s funny sad how backwards we’ve...

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Manning House – c. 1912 – Ouellette Avenue

May 13, 2013
Manning House – c. 1912 – Ouellette Avenue

Going through some old postcards, I came across this one showing the Manning House Hotel and on the right hand side, and bit of a glimpse of the old Post Office. This card dates to around 1910-1912 and shows a bustling downtown corner, complete with the streetcar rumbling past. Hope everyone had a good...

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Louis & Niagara – Sidewalk Slabs

May 10, 2013
Louis & Niagara – Sidewalk Slabs

At various places around the city are some 100+ year old slabs of concrete that have survived all these years. Many of them date from the 1905-1910 era, and are simple slabs with the street names impressed near the intersection. The one above is found at Louis and Niagara on the north west corner,...

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Proposed Detroit – Windsor Bridge c. 1925

May 8, 2013
Proposed Detroit – Windsor Bridge c. 1925

An oldie but a goodie here today. An early rendering of the proposed Detroit-Windsor bridge that didn’t happen. Charles Evan Fowler an engineer from New York came up with this proposal, but he was unable to raise the funds needed to make this happen. This plan had traffic, pedestrians and streetcars above, and rail...

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Knights of Columbus Hall – 1919 – Ouellette Avenue

May 6, 2013
Knights of Columbus Hall – 1919 – Ouellette Avenue

Wowsers! Take a look at this place that was located on Ouellette Avenue. In 1919 this old mansion was home to the Knights of Columbus. In 1922 ground was broken on the back half of the property for a new K of C hall, which still stands today fronting Pelissier. In that original post,...

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1118 Drouillard Road – Follow Up

May 3, 2013
1118 Drouillard Road – Follow Up

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...

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Action Hobbies Rail Slideshow # 11

May 3, 2013
Action Hobbies Rail Slideshow # 11

For anyone who’s interested, here’s a reminder of the next rail slideshow, this Saturday night… There’s always some neat stuff here. Check it out. Just a reminder that this Saturday, May 4th is the AHKHTSS#11. The show starts at 7.30pm at Action Hobbies Kingsville (197 Lansdowne Avenue, Kingsville, Ontario). In advance of the show,...

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Ojibway – 1919

May 1, 2013
Ojibway – 1919

I love looking at old maps of the area, and the layout for Ojibway, the town that never was. This map was made in 1919 by a Detroit property developer. Chappus, Page, Healy, Wright and Broadway streets in the upper right corner was where the Brighton Beach neighbourhood was located, soon to be home...

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Detroit Times Building – 1929

April 29, 2013
Detroit Times Building – 1929

This past weekend I was at the Michigan Modernism Exposition, and the Detroit Area Art Deco Society was there and has a table set up. They were giving away some information, and also were giving away copies of this photo. It shows the Albert Kahn designed Detroit Times building. Now a parking lot, it’s...

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1118 Drouillard Road – History Uncovered [Edited Title - wrong address]

April 26, 2013
1118 Drouillard Road – History Uncovered [Edited Title - wrong address]

A few photo’s of the Breaktime Lounge on Drouillard. These photos were sent my way yesterday from my Dad who caught this while cruising past. Some of the metal cladding either came off or was removed. Not sure which, but underneath the old brick and tile became exposed. I bet there are many beauties...

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1405 Erie Street East

April 24, 2013
1405 Erie Street East

The picture above was taken in 2006, sometime later, someone thought that this building didn’t look good enough, so what’s one to do?… So this kind grey skim coat went up on the place, I was expecting it to get the stucco treatment, but it never really did… After the skim coat, work wrapped...

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Less Delay The Walkerville Way – 1926

April 22, 2013
Less Delay The Walkerville Way – 1926

The old Walkerville Ferry, even though the Bridge and Tunnel quickly killed off the Windsor – Detroit ferry, the Walkerville – Detroit ferry continued to run in to the early 1940′s. Maybe one day we’ll see a ferry again…

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33-45 Pitt Street East – Windsor Recreation Building – 1926

April 19, 2013
33-45 Pitt Street East – Windsor Recreation Building – 1926

Bowling and Billiards, this massive building once occupied the south side of Pitt Street, just east of Ouellette Avenue. This picture ran in an ad that appeared in the Windsor Star in December, 1926. It was a handsome building. For some reason I believe that this one was the victim of a fire. Another...

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Marlborough Park – 1929

April 17, 2013
Marlborough Park – 1929

An interesting look back at the proposed development of Marlborough Park. Planned to fill the space south of old Sandwich Town, and to act as a residential bridge to the anticipated boom coming in Ojibway. It’s neat to note that what is Felix today, was planned as an extension of Wyandotte Street. The bottom...

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1044 Howard Avenue – D. Clarke Monuments

April 15, 2013
1044 Howard Avenue – D. Clarke Monuments

For years I’ve been meaning to take pictures of this little shop at 1044 Howard, just south of Erie. The business was owned by former city councillor Don Clarke (thanks to Chris Edwards for reminding me of that). This little shop was around forever, really close to Windsor Grove as well, built back in...

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Windsor Hydro Company c. 1928

April 12, 2013
Windsor Hydro Company c. 1928

A couple of weeks back we took a look at the long gone Windsor Gas Company building on Chatham Street West. In the comments we got discussing how the former Chatham Street Grill/C.H. Streets building was noted as being the Hydro offices. Above is a photo of that building from about 1928. Hopefully someone...

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