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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Replanning Downtown Detroit – Part 6 of 8

December 21, 2006
Replanning Downtown Detroit – Part 6 of 8

THE CONVENTION MALL Section “E” on the map: Offices of Harley, Ellington & Day, Inc., Architects & Engineers represented by: Malcolm R. Stirton, William Ku Plan of the Convention mall. The proposed Convention Mall is a part of the redevelopment of the CBD. It is designed not only to meet today’s requirements but also...

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Replanning Downtown Detroit – Part 5 of 8

December 20, 2006
Replanning Downtown Detroit – Part 5 of 8

CADILLAC SQUARE Section “D” on the map: Charles C. Highie 1 Elevated restaurant 2 New office building 3 Theater 4 Bridge over traffic including small shops and historical displays relating to Cadillac Square and Detroit 5 Elevated platform at intersection of streets 6 Existing Cadillac Tower 7 Existing old National Bank Building 8 Information...

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Replanning Downtown Detroit – Part 4 of 8

December 19, 2006
Replanning Downtown Detroit – Part 4 of 8

THE “MAINLAND” SHOPPING CENTER Section “C” on the map: Offices of Louis G. Redstone, Architect; Allan G. Agree, Associate Architect represented by: Louis G. Redstone, Avner Naggar, Kiyoshi Mano, Bernard W. Colton, Stanley Aizinas, Alfred Gittleman Plan of the heart of the CBD “Mainland” shopping center. Congestion and parking problem created by 100 people...

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Replanning Downtown Detroit – Part 3 of 8

December 18, 2006
Replanning Downtown Detroit – Part 3 of 8

Section “B” on the map: Offices of Eberle M. Smith Associates, Inc., Architects Engineers represented by: Edward Hammarskjold, Charles W. Scurlock 1 Housing 2 Bus terminal and parking 3 Warehouses 4 Office buildings 5 Volunteer services building 6 Board of health 7 Hospital nursing unit 8 Hospital research unit 9 Hospital housing unit 10...

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Replanning Downtown Detroit – Part 2 of 8

December 16, 2006
Replanning Downtown Detroit – Part 2 of 8

Section “A” on the map: Steve Oppenheim, Kurt Rheinfurth (Smith, Hinchman & Grylls) Richard Wolff (Geer Associates) RIVERGATE Inspection of the site revealed that removal of existing structures presented major problems only in the case of the railroad and grain facilities. A preliminary study indicated that the cost of bridg¬ing over the railroad was...

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Replanning Downtown Detroit – Part 1 of 8

December 15, 2006
Replanning Downtown Detroit – Part 1 of 8

From the September 1959 issue of the AIA Journal Replanning Downtown Detroit The Architects’ Urban Design Collaborative Two years ago, under the auspicies of the Detroit Chapter of the AIA, a group of architects, representing many prominent offices in Detroit, held an organizational meeting to discuss ways and means of contributing to the betterment...

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Indian Road

December 13, 2006
Indian Road

Today we drive out to Windsor’s west end and down Indian Road, where I had heard rumors that the Bridge Company was busy tearing down buildings in anticipation of the twining of the Ambassador Bridge. Indian Road, is a nice little street, that has the misfortune of having a bridge in the backyard. Most...

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Jealousy and Rage – December 1930

December 12, 2006
Jealousy and Rage – December 1930

While going through some old newspapers on microfilm the other day, I came across the story of a Murder-Sucide from December 5, 1930. 1141 Drouillard Road became 1641 when the whole city was renumbered in 1937. This is how the location of the tragedy looks today. 12/05/1930 – Picture #1 is the death kitchen,...

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Great Gift Idea

December 10, 2006
Great Gift Idea

I know that Christmas is drawing near, but if you are looking for a great inexpsenve gift for the Detroit lover or historian in your house, or even a gift for yourself, then look no further than Rob’s second annual DETROIT HISTORICAL CALENDAR. Twelve months of great historical photographs of the Motor City. The...

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Spring 2002

December 7, 2006
Spring 2002

Let’s take a walk back to April 2002. A few downtown Detroit projects are really starting to take shape. The new Compuware building is coming along. Work continues of the Jefferson Ave. frontage of the RenCen. The berms are getting ready to be removed. Finally, Ford Field is starting to take shape. They should...

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It seems so long ago…

December 6, 2006
It seems so long ago…

It’s hard to remeber how Woodward looked before Campus Martius park.

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The Walter A. Sterling – 1962

December 5, 2006
The Walter A. Sterling – 1962

Today’s photo comes from reader John S., who’s father took this photo of the Cleveland-Cliffs Steamship Co.’s Walter A. Sterling sailing past the Detroit skyline in 1962. The Walter A. Sterling, was launched as the U.S.S. Chiwawa, in 1942. She worked in the convoy’s crossing the Atlantic and by the time she was decommissioned...

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Casino Expansion continues

December 4, 2006
Casino Expansion continues

A few recent shots of the Casino Windsor expansion. It looks like this end will hold the convention center/auditorium. Stairs to the balconies? The hotel portion is starting to take shape.

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Then and Now – Elm Street

December 1, 2006
Then and Now – Elm Street

Elm St. looking north from London St. (now University Ave.), 1913 Elm St. looking north from University Ave., 2006. It looks like the old street car tracks are still under Elm Street too…

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