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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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – Central Chrysler

November 30, 2006
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – Central Chrysler

Located on the corner of Goyeau & Elliott was Central Chrysler. Like many other retailers, Central Chrysler also abandonned downtown Windsor for the sprawled out area at the south end of the city. As a result of some poor planning, and bad luck, the old Central Chrysler went bankrupt, leaving the old downtown location...

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Then and Now – Nevin Block

November 29, 2006
Then and Now – Nevin Block

The Nevin Block built in 1922, is the building to the west of the Walkerville Theatre. This photo was taken in 2001. Here is the block in 2006 after conversion from a laundromat to a chic boutique.

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Then and Now – Downtown Greyhoud Station

November 28, 2006
Then and Now – Downtown Greyhoud Station

As it appeared in the mid 1940’s. Photo above from the Bernie Drouillard Collection. The Windsor Greyhound Terminal, 2006. Completed in May, 1940, the Windsor terminal was shared between Greyhound of Canada and the S.W & A railway, the forerunner of Transit Windsor. The terminal was designed by the frim of Bonfield and Cumming,...

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – Walker Farms House

November 27, 2006
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – Walker Farms House

Located on Walker Road, just north of Tecumseh Rd., was one of the last traces of the old Walker Road. This old Farmhouse dated to the 1880, and was the residence of the manager of the Walker Farms. A brief history of the Farm can be found here. A drive by on Friday afternoon,...

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More Lakers

November 23, 2006
More Lakers

The Agawa Canyon Built at Collingwood, Ontario in 1970. She measures in at 646 feet. The Algorail Built at Collingwood, Ontario in 1968. She measures in at 640 feet in length. The John J. Boland She was built at Sturgeon Bay, WI in 1973, and sailed as the Charles E. Wilson until 2000, when...

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One Nite Only!

November 22, 2006
One Nite Only!

From the Windsor Star, April 1969. World Champion Denny McLain at the organ.

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Armco

November 21, 2006
Armco

Here’s one from the archives… I was out on the river a few years ago, when the Armco happend to come up upon us. At 767 feet in lenght the ship was an impressive sight down close in a 20 foot boat. She was built in 1953 at Lorian, OH., and lenghtened in 1974...

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Hockey Night in Windsor

November 17, 2006
Hockey Night in Windsor

Last night I attended a Spitfires game with a friend of mine from the US side, at his suggestion. It had been about a decade since I last went to a game, and I figured it was a good chance to go shoot the old area before the Spits move out the the deep...

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Mid Century Hydro Station

November 16, 2006
Mid Century Hydro Station

In hunting around Windsor this past summer, I stumbled across this building. I don’t have any information on it, as far as architect or date of construction. However, it is a great example of Mid-century design.

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Cataraqui Street Walkabout

November 15, 2006
Cataraqui Street Walkabout

Some shots around the Ghettohood from earlier this summer.

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Election Results

November 14, 2006
Election Results

Above is a postcard of Windsor’s “New” City Hall from the late 1950’s. ———————————————————————————————————– Congratulations to all old, new and new again faces back in City Hall after last night’s municipal election. In the Mayors “race” (and I use that term lightly). Eddie Francis was returned by a landslide. Despite early promises Dr. Wonham...

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Election Day

November 13, 2006
Election Day

Windsorites, get out there and vote! I’m sure that another pathetic and embarrasing display of about 35% of the eligible voters will actually come out and vote. It’s kind of ironic how the vote occurs only two days after Rememberance Day. All those brave men and women who died for your right to vote,...

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Long Gone…

November 13, 2006
Long Gone…

Today’s post is proof that not every building lost downtown was a gem. Here are a pair of old postcards that show a couple of old Windsor landmarks that were lost in the 1990’s. The plywood palace. The waterfront Holiday inn. It was vacant, and scheduled for demolition when a mysterious fire broke out...

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Never Forget

November 11, 2006
Never Forget

In Flanders Fields In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved, and were loved, and...

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The Cleary Auditorium – Then and Now

November 10, 2006
The Cleary Auditorium – Then and Now

Then, The Cleary Auditorium was the shining jewel in a newly built civic center. It was built in 1957 by local architects Johnson & McWhinnie. Now, A white elephant, stripped of its original design. The City of Windsor loses about a million dollars a year subsidizing the Cleary auditorium. The City is in the...

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3-D vs. Real Life

November 8, 2006
3-D vs. Real Life

Microsoft rolled out their google earth competitior @ http://maps.live.com/ There is a great write up about the software here. One of the coolest features is the amount of buildings that are rendered in 3-D. The old Synagogue on Elmhurst at 14th st. The former Miller-Strom Real Estate office at Elmhurst and Linwood. All in...

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