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Vikings’ Yacht Club

An interesting rendering from the Border Cities Star, May 1, 1929.

    Above is the architect’s drawing of the Vikings’ Yacht Club, construction of which is expected to start within a month, on Riverside Drive, just east of the Island View Hotel. The drawing shows the $75,000 clubhouse, in the English Style, and also gives a view of the harbor for yachts, motorboats and seaplanes. The rectangular extension of the dock is designed as a bowling green. To the right may be seen a glimpse of the tennis courts which will occupy the eastern section of the property.

The Island View Hotel is today known as Abar’s, and just east would be the old marine store. I can only assume that that site was the chosen location for this unbuilt Club House. I also going to go out on a limb and guess that the depression was what killed this one…

The plans were drawn up by the Windsor architectural team of Dangerfield & Winter. We saw Douglas Winter’s work on Wednesday with the Temple Baptist Church on Victoria. He teamed up with Bernard Dangerfield in 1928, a partnership that lasted only until 1930, when Dangerfield moved to Toronto.

Dangerfield was born in London, England in 1892, coming to Canada in 1922, settling in Guelph. In 1925 he moved to Detroit, taking a job with Albert Kahn. He moved to Windsor in 1928, teaming up with Douglas C. Winter, which lasted until 1930, when he moved to Toronto. He resigned his membership in the Ontario Association of Architects in 1932, and all records for him stop.

Dangerfield’s bio can be viewed more in depth on Robert Hill’s excellent website.

The partnership of Dangerfield & Winter is also responsible for the Marketirum Building aka HMCS Hunter.

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