Downtown Windsor – 1982

This photo and letter to the editor ran in Detroit Free Press in 1982. 30 years ago, that’s hard to believe!

Above is the actual photo that was used with the letter to the editor.

A detail shot of the east side of Ouellette. Just south of the CIBC building, I believe that’s the old C.H. Smith’s still standing.

Have a great Canada Day long weekend everyone! No post Monday, see you back here Wednesday next week!

Happy Canada Day!

500 Ways You Know You’re From Windsor

Our friends at Walkerville Publishing have released their new book “500 Ways you know you’re from Windsor

Below are a couple of sample pages, more can been seen at the link listed above.

A captivating new book about The Baby Boomer Years (post WWII) in Windsor Ontario by Walkerville Publishing Inc.

If you are baby boomer (or, the child or parent of one) who grew up or lived in Windsor, Ontario, then this book is about – and for – you.

Do you remember Bob-Lo Island, the Elmwood Casino, Skyway Drive-In, downtown icons, (Kresges, Smiths & Adelmans, Woolworths), the Hi Ho, lost movie houses, CKLW TV & The Big 8, Detroit Rock & Roll, trips to Point Pelee – and that’s just for starters!.

A beautiful hardbound, full colour book with more than 650 images from World War 2 to the 21st century, 500 Ways You Know You’re From Windsor is a rockin’ trip down memory lane.

To purchase one, head over to

It’s a neat book, and a must have for any local history fan. There are some great photos, some of which are from my personal collection, and have appeared here on in the past.

Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

Action Hobbies – Slideshow # 6 – Thursday

So… for this show I’m posting the details of today. It’s Thursday this time, so this way everyone has a few days notice….

    Thurs June 28, 8.15pm – Action Hobbies hosts Historical Train Slide Show #6

    Free admission!

    Action Hobbies Kingsville welcomes Don McQueen from London, Ontario to town for a special show titled “Twilight of The Gods?: Railways in Elgin, Lambton, Kent & Essex Counties During the Last Decades of the 20th Century”.

    The show will span the years 1961-2010 and cover a variety of railroad operations in southern Ontario: Essex Terminal, Canadian National (w/Grand Trunk Western), Canadian Pacific, Chesapeake & Ohio / Chessie System / CSX, Norfolk & Western / Norfolk Southern, New York Central / Penn Central / Conrail and various industrials.

    Mr. McQueen is a well regarded rail photographer who has been published in several publications and is associated with many Canadian railroad organizations, newsletters and historic preservation efforts. In addition to covering a wide variety of rail operations in detail, McQueen is also noted as being an excellent photographer. The poster image is of an Essex Terminal southbound freight at River Canard, Ontario that Don took on August 6, 1974.

    The show will be an analog presentation – but for the first time at Action Hobbies, it will be dual analog projectors! Don has made a presentation specifically for this event that will be quite informative and intriguing.

    Complimentary snacks are offered in addition to an onsite pay-as-you-go pop machine that features the ever-popular Mystery Pop selection (over 25 different flavors, some with prizes attached to them!).

    Limited seating available – arrive early!

    Slides spanning decades • Dual analog presentation

    Extended store hours – 10% off all model train products during the extended shop hours, 7pm – 8pm / close.

    Call Action Hobbies at (519) 733-2619 for additional information.

Cataraqui & Marentette – Demolition

There was a small old convenience store near this intersection that was covered here in 2006….

Here’s how it looked in 2003.

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It got rougher as the years went on… as you can see in the Google StreetView image above.

Drove past it tonight and it’s long gone.

Another one bites the dust.

Have a good weekend. First “official” weekend of Summer. :) See you back here Monday.

Bridgeview Opening – 1952

From the Windsor Daily Star – July 4, 1952:

Above is an artist’s sketch of the city’s newest housing develop-
ment known as “Bridgeview,” in which 325 new homes soon will be
completed. Many of them now are ready for occupancy or within
a few days of it. There will be an official opening of the new
project tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock when government and
housing officials will be present. The house on the drawing
marked “Riverside” will be the approximate location of the public
ceremonies. Guest of honor for the occasion will be Hon. R. H.
Winters, Canada’s minister of resources and development; federal
and provincial members also will be guests as well as all members
of the city council. A key will be passed over to the first tenant
to receive a house. The homes are rented under supervision of
the Windsor Housing Authority. The area of the new project
is that bounded by Tecumseh boulevard, College avenue, Parting-
ton avenue and California avenue. All the homes are for rent.
Each contractor who participated in the project will have a house
on display tomorrow – the locations of which are indicated on
the sketch.

325 houses were built for the Bridgeview subdivision, but only 8 were ready for the opening ceremony in July, 1952. All of the houses were built as rentals. The monthly rent on the two bedroom models were $58.00 – $59.00 a month. Three bedroom houses ran from $63.00 to $68.00 a month. Anyone know when the houses were put up for sale?

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Above is an aerial of the Bridgeview subdivision today.

Old School of Dramatic Arts Demolition

Photo © Will Foot

My brother was out at the University the other day, and he managed to snap a few pictures of demolition of the former School of Dramatic art building.

Photo © Will Foot

The building used to front Wyandotte Street, right on the corner with Patricia.

Photo © Will Foot

As you can see in the photos demolition is well underway.

Photo © Will Foot

From the school’s website this history is found:

To make room for the expanding student body and programs, the School of Dramatic Art moved into its own building, a renovated grocery store, Loblaws, in 1972. The facility provided a movement studio, experimental theatre, a room specially designed for developmental drama classrooms, scenic design shops, faculty offices and a student lounge. The School of Dramatic Art was the first of its kind in Ontario within the framework of a university.

Photo © Will Foot

Photo © Will Foot

Photo from Google Maps

In this aerial view you can see the location of the building.

Photo from Google Street View

A view of the building, prior to demolition.

Hope everyone had a good weekend, and all the Dads out there had a good Father’s Day.

Stucco Time – Guess the Victim

First off sorry for the lack of a post yesterday. I was sick on Monday and actually lost a day somewhere this week.

See if you can guess today’s victim of the great urban blight?

If you guessed the crazy cool streamlined Anderson’s funeral home, you are correct!

In case you forgot, here’s what it looked like when it looked good. Now it looks like every other turd. This has got to go to the top of the list of egregious violations against architecture.

Obviously, whoever ordered this “renovation” doesn’t care, but just so he/she knows. It looks like shit now. Congratulations.