Capitol Rally Update:

March 8, 2007

From a friend of mine at the Walkerville Times: The rally is going ahead tomorrow- great interest by the media on this- radio interview at 7:20 am on CBC- TV coverage is in the bag on the news tomorrow night… However I wouldn’t be surprised if Eddie makes an announcement at the 11th hour-...

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Careful Where You Park

March 8, 2007
Careful Where You Park

I spied this mess on Tecumseh Rd., just east of Howard. Compared to our friends in Paris, local “artists” (I use that term very loosely) , should be embarrassed and ashamed of their junky scribbles.

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Capitol Rally Tomorrow Night

March 7, 2007

Save the Capitol Theatre! Show you care about the imminent loss of one of Windsor’s greatest cultural icons by attending a peaceful demonstration and rally tomorrow, Thursday March 8th, 6:00 PM. sharp, in front of the Theatre. If you care, be there!!! If possible, come in costume and bring a sign: Save the Capitol!...

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Typical…

March 7, 2007

So I was looking forward to tomorrow’s presentation at the Capitol. Guess what? I got this e-mail about an hour ago: Looking Forward Seminar Postponed Due to uncertainties surrounding the operation of the Capitol Theatre, ticket sales have been affected. Looking Forward: Windsor’s Future in a Changing World, which was scheduled to take place...

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Boose’s Cottage Tourist Camp

March 7, 2007
Boose’s Cottage Tourist Camp

The other day’s post talked about the 1930’s phenomenon of Tourist Camps. Below are a few post cards I have collected along with some other information on Boose’s Camp. Anyone know anything about it? This advertisement is from the 1937-38 Tourist Guidebook of Ontario – Published expressly for the Essex County Automobile Club. Back...

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T.O.

March 6, 2007
T.O.

Today’s series is for all of my readers now residing in the big smoke. I was up amongst you this weekend. View along Bloor Street at Daniel Libeskind‘s addition to the R.O.M. While I can appreciate some modern architecture, when you slap it onto a classical 1930’s era building, it’s bound to look funny...

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Kavanagh’s Tourist Camp

March 5, 2007
Kavanagh’s Tourist Camp

The postcard above was postmarked in 1948, however it is likely a much older photograph. Tourist Camps were all the rage in the 1930’s as more and more people traveled around by car. Tourist camps were motor lodges where you rented a little hut in a campground type setting. Here is the same scene...

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Old CAA Demolition

March 2, 2007
Old CAA Demolition

Driving past the corner of Ouellette and Gilles, I noticed that demolition was rapidly progressing on the former CAA building. It seems like just yesterday they were doing prep work. There is a new sign up to go with the Petretta Construction one. Determined Demolition. The website URL listed on the sign seems to...

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Grace Hosptial – Part II

March 1, 2007
Grace Hosptial – Part II

A few more photographs of Grace Hospital. Note I made a few corrections to yesterday’s post as information became available. The Old Ellis House buned in 1960 Grace Hospital & Hotel Dieu merged in 1994 Labour Delivery Admision ceased December 11th, 2003 Grace Hosptial Closed February 1, 2004 Here’s a link to the Nov/Dec...

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Grace Hospital

February 28, 2007
Grace Hospital

Today we head over to the abandoned Grace Hospital site. Many Windsorites came into the world at Grace Hospital, my Mother included back in 1946. The photo above dates to 1920 and comes from the collection of John Stefani. Many thanks to John for scanning and sending along the photo. Now to the former...

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John Richardson Library

February 27, 2007
John Richardson Library

1932 2007 The Major John Richardson Library opened November 7, 1928. It was named after Major John Richardson (1796-1852), the first novelist to reside in the Windsor area. It was designed by the local firm of Cameron & Ralston, led by David J. Cameron with partner William Ralston. Cameron & Ralston designed many local...

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Bedford Street – 1922

February 26, 2007
Bedford Street – 1922

Here’s another one from the Archives. This was shot at the corner of Sandwich & Mill Streets. The building on the left hand side was, and still is the Sandwich Post Office.

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Norton Palmer – 1938

February 23, 2007
Norton Palmer – 1938

This postcard from 1938, shows Windsor’s Norton-Palmer hotel, as well as the sister hotel acorss the river in Detroit, the Hotel Norton. The back of the card reads: NORTON-PALMER HOTEL NORTON HOTEL Winsdor, Ont. – Detroit, Mich. MODERN – FIREPROOF Situated in the centre of down-town district overlooking the beautiful Detroit River and convenient...

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Old Photos

February 22, 2007
Old Photos

A few more old photos sent to me by John Stefani, from the collection of Bernie Drouillard. The S.W. & A. terminal on University Ave. Both buildings are still standing, the one on the right has just had a recent facelift, and was known as “The Junction” in its last incarnation. A view of...

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Holland Manor

February 19, 2007
Holland Manor

On Assumption Street and Lincoln, you’ll stumble across one of Windsor’s more architecturally interesting Apartment Buildings. The Holland Manor is an impressive Tudor Revival Apartment Building, with three separate entrances built in 1925. The stone architectural trim on the building is unique to the city. Like most apartment buildings in the Core area, the...

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Old Gas Station

February 16, 2007
Old Gas Station

This old station on Tecumseh Rd. W. has long been on my list to swing by and shoot. I need your help now, what company did this style belong to? There is another one Tecumseh around Parent maybe? It’s painted green and is now a car dealership. I like the round shape and steel...

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Old C.A.A.

February 15, 2007
Old C.A.A.

I noticed the other day that the death fences had sprung up around the old C.A.A. building on Ouellette Ave @ Gilles. It was in the basement of this building that I was taught to drive a car by the man who ironically is now my city councilor. The building sports the Petretta Construction...

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Stott House

February 14, 2007
Stott House

At Riverside Drive East and Thompson in Old Riverside, is this great old house built in 1930. It was built by Detroiter Ernest Stott, son of David Stott. A few years back a giant garage was built by the current owners, a local Auto Parts Mogul. The garage was surprisingly architecturally sympathetic. From the...

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C. Adam Apartments

February 12, 2007
C. Adam Apartments

Located at 561 Louis, just north of Wyandotte St., you’ll find the C. Adam Apartments. Through the 1920’s a huge building boom erupted, and these great old apartment buildings sprung up all over Windsor. The C Adam is no exception. A rarity in this day and age, it appears that the building has survived...

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444 Park Street West

February 9, 2007
444 Park Street West

One of the more unique Apartment Buildings found in the City of Windsor. This mid 1920’s era building is built in the Spanish Mission Style, with the trademark curved gables and red tile roof. In fact if it wasn’t for the roof, you could almost argue that they are Flemish style gables. I’m not...

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Randomness

February 8, 2007
Randomness

Just a bunch of random photos from around town…. Not too often you see “FORD ONT” stamped on things… Wish I had an international bridge running through my backyard… Funky Tees

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Colonel Bishop

February 6, 2007
Colonel Bishop

Off to Lasalle today Windsor’s western suburb, where the decision had recently been made to demolished the former Colonel Bishop School. The former school today serves as a community center, and the land will become a park, once the school is demolished. An article in the Windsor Star claimed the building is 63 years...

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Watkins House

February 5, 2007
Watkins House

A devistating fire last week , claimed one of Windsor’s important early Black Heritage sites. The vacant Willam Watkins house dating to the 1860’s – 1870’s, on Peter Street, was destroyed in a blaze on February 1st. Willam Watkins was the son of escaped slaves who fled the US via the Underground Railroad in...

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Slumptastic

February 2, 2007
Slumptastic

Back north of the border for today’s photo. Well, it’s sad to say, but I think time’s about up for old Slumpy. When both layers of bricks peel off, and the structural interior framing starts to give way, it’s just a matter of time. Compared to last March, the last 11 months, have not...

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Peace Beacon

February 1, 2007
Peace Beacon

So I headed down to the river the other day to check on the progress of the new Peace Beacon, and to check on the forlorn Cleary Guest House. Coming Spring 2007! bmi| pace – The planning firm had this to say on their website: We were awarded this commission as a result of...

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Frozen Herb

January 31, 2007
Frozen Herb

For whatever reason, I hadn’t noticed this newish sculputre of Herb Gray in Dieppe Park until the other day. Afternearly 40 years in service, I can’t think of a single thing that Herb did to benefit Windsor. Sad. Regardless of your taste in politics, Chris Rees‘s work is an outstanding likeness of the former...

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Signs

January 30, 2007
Signs

This west side Barber Shop has been around for a long, long time. The popular Twig & Berries A bookstore on the West Side near the University Wah Court, some say is the best Chineese food in Windsor A long closed gas station Nothing like a happy laundry tub… The T.T. Bar, finally given...

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Zugly

January 29, 2007
Zugly

I have to give props to dETROITfUNK, who’s excellent b&w series on the Rouge last Thursday, was the inspiration for today’s entry. One of my favorite places to photograph, the mysterious Zug Island: And one in color…

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Suburban Renewal

January 25, 2007
Suburban Renewal

This old house in St. Clair Beach sat for years on the north west corner of Brighton Rd and Tecumseh Rd, the photo above was shot in 2002, and I guess the richie-ritches of Russel Woods and St. Clair Beach got tired of looking at it. I drove by a while back and noticed...

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Downtown – 1957

January 24, 2007
Downtown – 1957

I recently came across this neat old postcard from 1957. There are several things that jump out at me in this card… On the north shore, the land for Cobo Hall & Arena has been cleared. Work is progressing nicely on Windsor’s new City Hall. Note the long demolished Court House and old Police...

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