A Tour Of Historic Sites – 1922

August 31, 2006
A Tour Of Historic Sites  – 1922

So where did all these historic markers go? This Fort Shelby tablet was on the Fort St. Entrance of the old Post Office On the south west corner of Fort and Griswold, on the Fort St. side of the Moffat Building was the Fox Indian War marker. The south west corner of Griswold &...

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Hamtramck Bank

August 30, 2006
Hamtramck Bank

At the corner of Caniff & Jos. Campeau is this great old yellow sandstone bank. Great architectural carvings on this one. Looks like it could be the work of Corrado Parducci.

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Changes…

August 29, 2006

So as you can see, I made a few minor cosmetic changes to the site today… This new look features random pictures in the header, the ability to search by catergory, and easier search. Good, bad, ugly? Comment away on the change.

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Club Lofts Part II

August 28, 2006
Club Lofts Part II

As we covered in the November 4th, 2005 Photo Du Jour, the Club Lofts Condo conversion project is humming along. The main covered entrance has taken shape, and the brick cladding is up. They still need to bring in the Windows and finish the interiors… December seems pretty ambitious at this date for completition,...

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Here and There…

August 25, 2006
Here and There…

The last few days had me on the grand tour of Southern Ontario. From Lake Simcoe to Lake Huron, and all points in between… My Grandparents former house in Newmarket, Ontario. It looks much different today that it does last time I was in it, about 20 years ago. A scan of the mortgage...

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Casino Expansion

August 21, 2006
Casino Expansion

As the Casino’s across the river in Detroit work at building their permanent facilities, Casino Windsor is well underway with their expansion project. The expanded Windsor Casino will contain a second hotel tower, and a 5,000 seat auditorium. The expansion is the tower on the right. This weekend’s Windsor Star also contained this small...

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Ornamentation

August 18, 2006
Ornamentation

In honor of this weekend’s Deam Cruise and Willistead Concours d’Elegance, reader Charles gave me the idea to run a series on car ornamentation. Here are some shots taken at car shows over the last few years… –

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Hamilton & Oakman

August 18, 2006
Hamilton & Oakman

For today’s Photo Du Jour, we’re off to lovely Highland Park. At the intersection of Hamilton & Oakman is this massive industrial building. While a giant factory isn’t usually too exciting, the front entrace to this one is outstanding. Art Deco/Moderne elements are visible on this facade. So now it is an automotive parts...

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All gone…

August 17, 2006
All gone…

A follow up trip (Aug. 9th & Aug. 11th) by the Vetran Plumming site, finds everything demolished. All that remains is this stubborn little brick corner. The Moen sign is still visble, barely. A panoramic shot showing the expanse of empty real estate. Two building eaters work to crush and destroy anything that might...

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Lot 271 – State Fair Ave. E.

August 14, 2006
Lot 271 – State Fair Ave. E.

Late of the archives of the F.H.A. is this home designed and built in 1939. Located on lot 271 on State Fair Ave. E., I’m not sure how to go about cross referencing lot numbers to street addresses. So I’m not sure if this one is still around or not. Designed by architect Charles...

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Hey…

August 11, 2006

From today’s Windsor Star… Mystery shrouds woman’s injuries Dalson Chen, Windsor Star Published: Friday, August 11, 2006 Windsor police are treating a downtown apartment as a crime scene after they had to smash open a patio door to remove a critically injured woman Thursday afternoon. Responding to a call, officers arrived at the north...

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Going… Going…

August 11, 2006
Going… Going…

So I drove by the Veteran Plumbing site yesterday morning on the way to work. The older two story building was half demolished already. A giant hole is appearing in the streetscape. The building eater is poised ready to get back to work destroying things. I drove by again on my way home, and...

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Not to toot my own horn…

August 10, 2006

…But: The exhibition is now official, mark it in your calendar: Windsor Modern: Photographs by Andrew Foot August 25 to October 28 2007 Art Gallery of Windsor

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Welcome to Yorktown Square

August 10, 2006
Welcome to Yorktown Square

Located in South Windsor, this relic from the 1950′s still lights up the parking lot at Yorktown Square (as the dates below show, the Yorktown store that was first to open, did so in 1953). Thanks to John and Mike for the heads up that the old sign still lights up. At one time...

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Lifetime Warranty

August 9, 2006
Lifetime Warranty

The deathfences are up, and time has run out for the old Veteran Plumbing store on Wyandotte St @ McDougall. The store was a long time downtown fixture, and in the last few years, packed up and headed to the south end of the city near the Sprawl-Mart. I used to head frequently to...

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More HDR

August 8, 2006
More HDR

It was a long weekend on the Canadian side of the river this weekend. Most of mine was spent painting. Here is my house, with a mix of colors going up on the lower level bay window, in glorious HDR. Still messing around, I took this HDR shot of looking west along my street.

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HDR & lots of work…

August 5, 2006
HDR & lots of work…

So I’m just messing around with HDR. I think I’ve finally got a little grasp of the whole process…. The photo above is my house. The scaffolding is up, and that means scraping and painting, and cleaning out and stabilizing rotted wood… What a joyous treat. I think it’s been about 25 years since...

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One more week…

August 5, 2006
One more week…

So another useless idiot from Bell came the other day. He had instructions to call upon arrival, and someone would meet him here, either myself or my wife. I get home, and what’s in my mailbox? A “technicians” report (and I use the term technician very loosely). What did said report say? Basically that...

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Marine Hospital

August 3, 2006
Marine Hospital

From an old postcard. Was this the hospital on the east side near the river?

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The Hammer

August 2, 2006
The Hammer

Yesterday I was in Hamilton. Visiting factories as a function of my job tends to take me into older parts of many cities. Hamilton is Canada’s Steel City, the Canadian eqivalent of Pittsburgh, however there are parts of Hamilton that remind me of Detroit. An older residential street. Half a block farther up the...

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Luxurious

August 1, 2006
Luxurious

A little while back while in Fabulous Ferndale for work related purposes, I stumbled across this relic from the past. Luxury Lanes and Lounge on 9 Mile, is a great old 50′s – 60′s era bowling alley, complete with original sign.

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We pardon the interuption…

July 31, 2006

OK, for those regular readers who have wondered why the posting has been so sporadic lately, the reason because Bell sucks. They are my ISP at home, and I have been recieving intermittant service at home over the last few months. They have sent a technician from both the phone side and the internet...

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Fisher Body – Fort & Livernois

July 28, 2006
Fisher Body – Fort & Livernois

To the corner of Fort & Livernois for today’s P.D.J. This handsome peice of automotive history was built in 1928 The same artist who painted the windows at the U.A. prior to its superbowl wash also did the former offices of Fisher Body. Does anyone know the significance of the “S” and the “C”?...

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Walkerville – 1899 – Part III

July 26, 2006
Walkerville – 1899 – Part III

Today is the thrid and final installment. An interior view of one of the warehouses. This one claimed to hold 20,000 barrels A view of the bottling line. Must have been comfortable to work all dressed up A view of the train station (demolished), the Jubilee Fountain (erected in 1887, now in Willistead Park,...

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Walkerville – 1899 – Part II

July 25, 2006
Walkerville – 1899 – Part II

Continuing the tour, today is part II… The Directors lunch room. Looks almost the same, and is today the corporate art gallery. A few views of the hallways of the offices. The animal heads are however gone. A view looking towards the river. The buildings on the left are long demolished. The rack warehouses....

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Walkerville – 1899 – Part I

July 24, 2006
Walkerville – 1899 – Part I

Into the time machine today. We’re heading back to 1899, back when Walkerville was still a separate town. Out of this town came this little promotional booklet… PERHAPS very few small places are so widely known in every country of the civilized world as this little town of Walkerville, named after Mr. Hiram Walker,...

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RIP – Joseph Nicola DeLauro – 1916 – 2006

July 16, 2006
RIP – Joseph Nicola DeLauro – 1916 – 2006

Joe Delauro a taleneted sculptor and one of the few remaining links back to the old generation of sculptors passed away last Tuesday, July 11th at his Novi home at the age of 90. Here’s a brief obituary from this past Saturday’s Windsor Star: Ex-prof pioneered fine arts program Artist’s sculptures part of cityscape...

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Hudson Mausoleum

July 14, 2006
Hudson Mausoleum

Today’s grave is that of J.L. Hudson. Hudson was born in England, and came to Detroit via Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Hudson built a vast retail empire, that spanned all over Michigan. Hudson’s Department stores were the anchor tennant at many area malls. After being accquired by Target, the Hudson’s name was phased out, and...

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Hecker Mausoleum

July 13, 2006
Hecker Mausoleum

Located in Detroit’s Woodlawn Cemetery, this is the final resting place of Frank Hecker. Hecker who was a leading industrialist of his day, is probably best remebered for his mansion located at Woodward & Ferry near the DIA. Never one to not be showy, Hecker comissioned architect Standford White of New York to design...

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Grinnell Mausoleum

July 12, 2006
Grinnell Mausoleum

This handome grave is the final resting place of Clayton Grinnell, who formed one half (along with his Brother Ira) of the Grinnell Brothers Company. Grinnell Brothers produced Pianos, Organs and other music related items like sheet music. This mausoleum was designed by the Lloyd Brothers of Toledo, OH, and includes the family crest...

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