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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Old Photos 1910 – Part I

November 7, 2006
Old Photos 1910 – Part I

Some of these I may have posted before, others maybe not… These are from my personal collection, and they date to about 1910-1915… The Canadian Club sign on the docks at Walkerville. It was designed by Albert Kahn. Riverside Dr. (then Sandwich St.) looking east from around Ferry St. Note the sign for the...

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Not even Cigars…

November 6, 2006
Not even Cigars…

As part of the draconian non-smoking laws introduced in Ontario earlier this year, a silly side effect was the banning of any tobacco related words in any advertising. That means that downtown stores that advertise “Cuban Cigars” are liable to be fined. Some store owers over reacted and took a fit… Others simply scrached...

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Casino Expansion

November 3, 2006
Casino Expansion

Work continues on the Casino Windsor expansion. This is a view looking east from the Police Headquarters. This end I believe will be the auditorium.

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Bye Bye Rum Runners…

November 2, 2006
Bye Bye Rum Runners…

Time has run out for the burned out shell of the old Rum Runners Tavern. The building-eaters moved in behind the death fences earlier this week… … and quick work was made of another historic Windsor site. Back when the fire struck, I ran this post that contained the infamous history of the place....

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W.I.F.F.

November 1, 2006

It’s that time again… The 2nd annual Windsor International Film Festival. I missed the first version last year, as I was away on my honeymoon at the time. The festival will run Thursday, November 8 – Sunday, November 12. This year’s venues are: The Capitol Theatre – Downtown Windsor Palace Cinemas – Downtown Windsor...

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New Link Ready in Expressway Program

November 1, 2006
New Link Ready in Expressway Program

November 7, 1959 EXPRESSWAY LINK – Opening of the final link this week in the Lodge Expressway will prove especially convenient for Windsor drivers who visit the Detroit area. This map shows the Detroit Expressway system. Solid lines indicate the parts of the Lodge and Edsel Ford routes in use. Dotted lines show where...

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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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