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1493 Parent Ave

On the north west corner of Parent & Shepherd, a few blocks south of Ottawa Street has risen this four-plex on what was for the better part of a decade a vacant lot.

Image from Google Streetview

From 2010, until the recent construction of the new building in late 2018, the site looked like it did above.

From 1931 until 2010 the site was occupied by St Anthony of Padua Hungarian Roman Catholic Church. The church was built in 1931, in the middle of the depression, by the members of the congregation. In my research, I have never come across the architect.

Picture from the Border Cities Star – December 21, 1931

The church was found to be structurally unsound and closed in an emergency order in 2010, and a demolition permit issued shortly after.

While it was disappointing to see the church go, it is encouraging to see new infill projects pop up in the core of the city.

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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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