New Bus Terminal

October 31, 2006
New Bus Terminal

So work finally got underway on the Windsor Bus Terminal. The new station is being built on the site of the former Canadian Tire store in downtown Windsor. The building will look similar to the Art Gallery when completed, and nothing like the “proposed” urban village that is “supposed” to be built on the...

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History Uncovered

October 30, 2006
History Uncovered

Special thanks to the Voice Of Windsor for alerting me last week of the history uncovered at the “big dig”. Down at Dieppe Park on the Windsor Waterfront, they are clearing the parking lot out, and preparing the ground for the architecturally un-inspiring turd called the “peace beacon”. Once this is done, they’ll be...

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“Makes Ben Hur Look Like an Epic”

October 28, 2006
“Makes Ben Hur Look Like an Epic”

Found this while going through old newspapers the other week. From 1975, coming soon to the Devonshire Cinema (Now an H & M):

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Horseshoe Hotel Fire – 1976

October 27, 2006
Horseshoe Hotel Fire – 1976

As regular readers may have noticed, I’ve had some old-time neighbourhood locals checking in and commenting on things pertaining to the downtown Windsor neighbourhood I currently live in. Dante & Mara were talking about the old Horseshoe Hotel that was around the corner the other day, and the fire that took it down. That...

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Return To Slumpyland

October 26, 2006
Return To Slumpyland

Poor Slumpy. The summer hasn’t been kind…

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Then and Now… Coronado Apartments

October 25, 2006
Then and Now… Coronado Apartments

The Albert Lothian designed Coronado Apartments, built in 1927. 1957 2006

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Neighborhood Question…

October 24, 2006
Neighborhood Question…

This question is for Dante, Maria & Mara (or any other readers who grew up in the area). Do any of you guys remember this building? It is on Cataraqui near the corner of Marentette? The building has been vacant since I moved in to the area in 2001. The photo above is actually...

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Mystery Solved!

October 23, 2006
Mystery Solved!

I orignally posted this mystery factory back in February. I recieved the answer to the mystery today by e-mail. Kevin who is an avid Buick historian offered this answer: The photo is not from Detroit but rather from Flint. It shows what was built as the W. F. Stewart Body Company factory on the...

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Back to St. Louis…

October 23, 2006
Back to St. Louis…

With the big victory last night the Tigers tied the World Series at one win each. The Tigers now head back to St. Louis for games 3,4 & 5. The Spirit of Detroit is all dressed up and ready to go.

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Local Landmark Gone

October 20, 2006
Local Landmark Gone

After only a little more than a decade in service, the giant neon “CASINO” sign on the front of Casino Windsor is being removed. As part of the massive renovations at the Casino the sign is being removed, and the space behind that was once the atrium , is being converted into a lounge...

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Windsorites…

October 19, 2006

Check out this great site: http://windsormunicipal.blogspot.com/, it a great source to keep track of November’s Municipal election… The link to this and other municpal blogs and candidate websites are available on the left…

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Around the ‘hood…

October 19, 2006
Around the ‘hood…

As some of you may know, I spent the earlier part of the summer with my wife restoring rotted woodwork and painting our Victorian beast. This is where she sits for this year. Next year we hope to get a boom lift to paint up top… The porch needs a teardown and rebuild too.....

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Lafayette Tool & Die

October 17, 2006
Lafayette Tool & Die

This century old building at 261 St. Aubin sports a sign for Lafayette Tool and Die, since 1934. Lafayette is no longer in the building, I’m not sure if they met the same fate as the Detroit Elevator Co., chased out of Rivertown when the Casino’s were earmarked to occupy the land. Today the...

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Bond & Bailey

October 16, 2006
Bond & Bailey

Located on Fort Street, near the Ambassador Bridge, you’ll come across Bond & Bailey Machining. According to the sign, they’ve been in business since 1949, however the building on Fort St. looks a little rough. A google seach shows them still in business in that location. I think dETROITfUNK featured the sign painted on...

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Wow

October 14, 2006
Wow

Congratulations to the 2006 American League Champion Detroit Tigers. With Magglio Ordonez’s walk off Home Run in the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers won the pennant for the first time since 1984. I hate to admit it, but I never expected this in April… World Series Game 1 is at Comerica Park next...

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Alfred E. Christ

October 6, 2006
Alfred E. Christ

As featured yesterday on dETROITfUNK (which is a kick ass site -btw), the Mother’s Building has had both the “of invention” and the Alftred E. Christ painted over.. The building is on Mount Elliot near the old Dodge Main close to Ham Town. Too bad, that buidling always cracked me up.

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The Wall

October 4, 2006
The Wall

The most enduring item of the cold war division between East and West Berlin is the Berlin Wall. It was erected in 1961 as an “anti-fascist protection barrier”, and fell with the collapse of the GDR in 1989. Today there are only three sections of the wall remaining. The most famous being the east...

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2007 Detroit Calendar

October 3, 2006
2007 Detroit Calendar

If you’re looking for a great Christmas gift, don’t hesitate to pick up the 2007 Detroit Historical Calendar. I bought one last year, and they are fantastic. The creator put a lot of hard work into making this calendar, and I urge you to pick one up, you won’t be dissapointed. You can e-mail...

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Ministerium für Staatssicherheit

October 3, 2006
Ministerium für Staatssicherheit

One of the scariest things about the old GDR was the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit, or as it was better known the Stasi. The Stasi or East German Secret Police, engaged in arbitrary arrest, kidnapping, brutal harassment of political dissidents, and the inhumane imprisonment of tens of thousands of citizens, all under the orders of...

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Berlin Photos

October 2, 2006
Berlin Photos

I’m back from vacation, and I will be posting some of the more interesting photos over the span of this week. Here are a few from my first day in Berlin. This is the S-Bahn train from Shonefeld Airport into the city. Note the grafitti proof pattern on the seats. An older storefront along...

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Vacation…

September 29, 2006

Sorry if the pictures have been underwhelming the last two weeks but I’ve been away. I set up the website to automatically post over the last two weeks, but I didn’t have a lot of time to do my ususal descriptions and research on a lot of the posts. Over the last two weeks,...

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Renaissance Center

September 27, 2006
Renaissance Center

John Portman’s 1977 Renaissance Center.

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Foral Compass

September 25, 2006
Foral Compass

On Windsor’s waterfront, in a stone matching the rest of the Civic Center of 1957, is the floral Compass. The Compass marks due North to the USA.

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HDR Skyline

September 22, 2006
HDR Skyline

I liked the way the sun was hitting the Guardian Building.

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Downtown HDR Again…

September 20, 2006
Downtown HDR Again…

The Daimler Chrysler Headquaters and CIBC Building, the two buildings occupying the most valuable real estate in Windsor, and they’re both architectural shit.

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Cleary Guest House in HDR

September 18, 2006
Cleary Guest House in HDR

The Cleary Guest House, the last remaining peice of Windsor’s original Waterfront Renewal, Civic Center of the late 1950′s. Built in 1957, the City has been itching to demolish it for the last few years. Love it or hate it, it’s been a long time waterfront fixture, and it will be gone any day...

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow… Glengarry Apartment Building

September 15, 2006
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow… Glengarry Apartment Building

The Windsor Ghetto, with the demolotion of the vacant nursing home on University Ave., has seen an increase in vacant land lately. The Apartment shown above is no exception. The photo above was taken earlier in the summer. I drove by the other day and noticed it was all gone… Just what that area...

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Edward L. Ryerson

September 14, 2006
Edward L. Ryerson

Captured yesterday on the Detroit River is the 730′ long Steamer Edward L. Ryerson. Built in 1959, this old ship returned to service on the Great Lakes this summer after being layed up since 1999. From the Boatnerd website: Great Lakes Fleet Page Vessel Feature — Edward L. Ryerson By George Wharton The Edward...

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Former Imperial Bank Building

September 12, 2006
Former Imperial Bank Building

285 Ouellette Ave., at University Ave. stands the former Imperial Bank. The Imperial Bank, merged with the Bank of Commerce in 1961, to form the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). Built in 1920, and designed by Architect Charles Cobb. Here is a photo of the bank under construction. In the architectural sculpture surrounding...

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The First Gondola Plan

September 11, 2006
The First Gondola Plan

In 1970′s the idea of a Gondola linking Windsor & Detroit was first floated. The firm of Smith, Hinchman & Grylls of Detroit were comissionned to create and engineering report on the feasibility of the “Feasibility study Detroit/Windsor aerial tramway”. A copy of the 1979 report is available for perusal at the Windsor Public...

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