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GM Transmission Plant

A few aerial photos of the Kildare Road factory prior to the giant renovation in 1982. In these old photos you can clearly see the separate buildings. The building on the far right served for many years (1950’s though 1980’s) as Transit Windsor’s Kildare Road garage. Old saw tooth roofed buildings, along with the old water tower. After the expansion and renovation… The…
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The Merloray Building

Another project to add to the Windsor that could have been… Instead it’s just added to the list of Unbuilt Windsor projects. The 18 story Merloray Building, announced February 13, 1929. I suspect the great crash of 1929 helped kill this project… THE…
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James Carlisle Pennington

J.C. Pennington was one of Windsor’s most prolific architects. He along with partner John Boyde designed a huge number of schools, churches and other buildings, from the 1910’s through the early 1960’s. This house on Victoria Avenue was J.C. Pennington’s. A few years ago at a local bookshop I was looking through the books on the bargain $1.00 table, when I found the…
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711 Riverside Drive East

Last occupied by the Drive Magazine, who has since moved on, this commercial building dating to about 1870, is one of the last remnants of the type of buildings that once lined the streets of Downtown Windsor. The building contains some old architectural elements not seen…

Citizfaction.ca - 10 not 5

As most of you may know there has been a push on to force Council to change from 5 wards with 2 councilors per ward to 10 wards with 1 per ward. This will increase accountability of the councilors to the constituents, and come election time, if someone hasn’t done a…
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Kennedy Building

Listed in the 1919 City Directory as the home of the Studebaker Corporation of Canada, this building now home to the Beer Market, has had a long life. In the early 1920’s (it’s listed as a furniture store in the 1921 directory) it was purchased and became home to the Meretsky & Glitin Furniture Company. In 1927, the furniture store expanded up by two floors, and was renamed the…
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666 Chatham Street East

Back in January, a report (which I thought I had, but can’t find…) came across the council agenda, requesting a demolition permit for 666-668 Chatham Street East. The report stated that based upon inspection the property is structurally sound, and that…

155-157 Louis

Next to go, is this burned out mess on Louis, right off of Riverside Drive. It’s about time the city started to take some action on these eyesore properties in the core. It wasn’t that long ago, if something burned down, it was quickly taken care of. These days…