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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Brighton Beach – Part 2

January 23, 2007
Brighton Beach – Part 2

Today we head back to Brighton Beach for a return visit to what once was. As each year has passed, the number of homes has shrunk, and the condition of the roads worsened. The end between Sandwich St. and the River has really become worse since the residences along Water St. have gone. Now...

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Welcome Spacing Readers

January 22, 2007
Welcome Spacing Readers

I would like to welcome and say hello to all the readers headed my way from Sean over at Spacing. For my regular readers, Spacing Magazine out of Toronto, ran a small feature on their blog about internationalmetropolis.com today. Anyhow, check them out, you might find some interesting things their way. The Spacing Blog...

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Brighton Beach – Part 1

January 21, 2007
Brighton Beach – Part 1

As I promised last Wednesday, here is part one of my Brighton Beach photos over the last six years. The old Bronson’s Tavern. Formerly the Westwood Hotel, it once hosted Al Capone during the prohibition years. Originally the building was set back against the river, but was moved to the Sandwich St. location in...

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2007 North American International Auto Show

January 19, 2007
2007 North American International Auto Show

January means autoshow. In the annual installment, I present this year’s NAIAS. Here are some highlights, and in no particular order… The Lamborghini display… The Maserati display… The Mitsubishi Prototype-X. This was on a Nissan hybrid, I’ve never seen this notice before… Is it to keep away corporate spies? Well Jeep did it last...

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Important Notice

January 17, 2007
Important Notice

I caught this notice in Today’s Windsor Star: Working Together For Our Community’s Future -Our People Based Community Strategic Plan The City of Windsor is engaging the community through a series of ward workshops to complete our Community Strategic Plan and to assist City Council to shape their priorities for their four-year term of...

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Brighton Beach Through The Years

January 17, 2007
Brighton Beach Through The Years

As readers of this website in its previous life might remember there was a large section on the Brighton Beach neighborhood in Windsor’s West End. Over the last decade the area has been slowly decimated by the City of Windsor, who have been busy buying/expropriating all the homes in the area. Initially the plan...

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Bright Laker

January 15, 2007
Bright Laker

The Panama Registered Bright Laker, anchored in the Detroit River. The front end looks a little beat up. Someone scraped up the paint! Launched in 2001, the Bright Laker’s maiden voyage was to haul steel products from Japan to Cleveland. Despite being an ocean going bulk carrier, the Bright Laker is a regular visitor...

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Prince of Wales Public School

January 12, 2007
Prince of Wales Public School

Add this great old building to the list of neglected properties owned by the University of Windsor. The building has slowly deteriorated under the University’s ownership.

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Assumption Cemetery

January 10, 2007
Assumption Cemetery

At the corner of Wyandotte St. W. and Huron Church, surrounded by the Ambassador Bridge is Assumption Cemetery. This is the early Roman Catholic cemetery for the Windsor area. A google search turned up this brief history of the cemetery: At its present site, the Assumption Cemetery (located at the intersection of Wyandotte St....

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911 Prado

January 9, 2007
911 Prado

While out a few weeks ago with readers John and Mike, I spied this 1920’s era beauty on Prado south of Wyandotte. I am a sucker for clinker bricks. While impossible to verify, due to the excellent historical record keeping of...

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Odds and Ends…

January 8, 2007
Odds and Ends…

Here are some historic photos from the International Metropolis Archives. This one is for reader Brian who asked about the Henkel House. The photo is captioned “Robert Henkel House”, 1913. Chrysler Canada Plant # 3 – 1933 Chrysler Canada Plant # 1 – 1933 – Tecumseh Rd & McDougall Ave. Ford Canada Powerhouse, where...

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Frank H. Joyce House

January 4, 2007
Frank H. Joyce House

This grand structure at 3975 Riverside Dr. East in Windsor is the reason for the latest battle in heritage preservation on the Windsor side of the river. The home which has served as the convent of the Sisters of Saint Joseph since 1953 was put up for sale. The building, with ties to the...

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Impending Demolition

January 3, 2007
Impending Demolition

Over on Windsor’s west side, there is an impending demolition brewing. On Sunset Avenue there is a small grouping of five houses. A small remnant of of how the area once looked before the University of Windsor Moved in. Many other Universities seem to have a habit of including existing structures in the area...

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Lafer Building

January 2, 2007

The Lafer Building on Broadway is currently undergoing rehab. Someone on the Detroityes.com forum, was asking about the building. So here is a link to the RFP that was issued back in 2000 or 2001…

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2006 – The Year In Review

January 2, 2007
2006 – The Year In Review

As I have been doing for the last several years (the 2005 Review is here, 2004, 2003), I try to recap the buildings that have been lost over the past year, and present them as a summary. This house in Windsor went up in flames to an arsonist early in the Summer of 2006....

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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2007
Happy New Year!

01-01-07 Wow, another year gone… Thanks to all of you, my regular readers, I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday season, and all the best for the upcoming year. I know that the posts have been spotty over the holidays, but we’ll be getting back to normal over the next few...

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New Bus Terminal – Part II

December 29, 2006
New Bus Terminal – Part II

Work continues at the new downtown Bus Terminal. It’s pretty amazing to see how quickly this turd has gone up. Compare the photo above, with this taken one October 31st. Less than two months ago nothing was visible above grade, and today the entire cinderblock and metal monstrosity has risen. Also, apparently “Bus Terminal”...

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488 Janette

December 28, 2006
488 Janette

For today’s photo, we head over to 488 Janette Ave. in the downtown core area. This flop house caught fire about a month ago, and is still stitting in its burned out state. Neighbours complained that it was a crack house, and it apparently was well known to police. I doubt many tears were...

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Merry Christmas

December 23, 2006
Merry Christmas

First off, thanks a lot to the asshole or assholes who thought that walking down my street last night and kicking every drivers side mirror on every car parked on the street was a good idea. It certainly was a treat to awake to my mirror broken and dangling from the side of my...

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Replanning Downtown Detroit – Part 8 of 8

December 23, 2006
Replanning Downtown Detroit – Part 8 of 8

DOWNTOWN RING ROAD Section “G” on the map: William J. Johnson, Landscape Architect, of Eichstedt-Johnson David B. Spaulding Ulrich Weil of Weil-Cohan Associates Scheme of ring road in realtion to surrounding area. Study of ring road development. In the early stages of the project, this group was chiefly interested in the effect of the...

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Replanning Downtown Detroit – Part 7 of 8

December 22, 2006
Replanning Downtown Detroit – Part 7 of 8

INTERNATIONAL CENTER Section “F” on the map: Heidi Fujii, R.E. Wiese INTERNATIONAL CENTER The area under consideration for this part of Central Business District study is bounded on the west and south by the John Lodge Expressway, on the north by Michigan Avenue and on the east by Second Avenue. Immediately to the east...

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STOP THE PRESSES!

December 21, 2006
STOP THE PRESSES!

Imagine my surprise when I picked up my copy of today’s Windsor Star… “Is the Bridge laying the groundwork for a second span?”, the paper asks? Slow down there on the speedy local reporting… Funny, but it sounds similar to this blog entry from last week…

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