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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 in other buildings around town, like these cast iron steel columns flanking the entrance.

However, years of neglect are taking their toll on the building, as you can see, it’s badly in need of a repointing job.

Thankfully, someone took it upon themselves to smash out the lights out front.

This building was once located directly across from the railway roundhouses on the riverfront.

The 1919 through 1924 City Directories, lists the building as being home to Romeo H. Marentette Vulcanizing, Tires and Accessories.

An ad from 1925.

Hopefully someone fixes it up and it gets rented for retail use before it’s too late for this one too.

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Recent Comments:

  • Jim on 1501 Tecumseh Rd E: “Yes. The Loblaws had moved next door/expanded to the Franco’s space by 1965. There’s a pic at https://windsorite.ca/2013/02/retro-windsor-blizzard-of-february-1965/Jun 10, 13:05
  • Andrew on St Theresa – 1991 Norman Rd: “Thanks Matthew. I’ll have to see what I can find on the first one.Jun 8, 08:01
  • Matthew Revington on St Theresa – 1991 Norman Rd: “About St Theresa’s Church on Norman St, yes there was an earlier structure, from a wikimapia page “ The present…Jun 8, 07:18
  • Ronald W. Reaume on Reaume Community Centre Subdivsion – 1924: “This was very informative. A lot of the Reaume history. I had no idea.Thankyou.May 18, 09:18
  • JM on 1501 Tecumseh Rd E: “I was not aware that this was a Loblaws at one time. Was the building immediately to the East not…May 17, 22:13

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