Buildings of WindsorOld Photographs

1478 Wyandotte St E - A Minto & Co

A view of the building from Google Streetview This building on the north west corner of Wyandotte and Gladstone was built in 1921, and designed by Windsor architect Gilbert Jacques. It was built for the A. Minto & Co as their new store. The Minto store opened in this location on August 27, 1921, moving from their previous location on Sandwich Street. They advertised themselves as…
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Notable WindsoritesOld Newspaper Stories

Chief Clarence DeFields 1877-1965

Today we take a look at the life and times of Chief Clarence DeFields, Windsor’s longtime Fire Chief. He was a fireman with the Windsor Fire Department from 1900-1916 when he became the chief. He served as Fire Chief for 30 years, from 1916 until his retirement at the…
Old Photographs

225 Giles Boulevard West - 1924

Located on the south west corner of Giles & Victoria Avenue, is the former home of William Thomas Wesgate. Mr Wesgate built the large home in 1919 that is still standing today. He made his fortune as an ice cream manufacturer before selling his business to Borden…
Old Photographs

Windsor Utilities Office - 1964

The other day I was downtown and I noticed a flurry of work at the old Windsor Utilities Office at the north west corner of Ouellette & Elliott. The building was sold and is under renovation by the new owners Tessonics Inc. One of the projects underway is the removal of the hideous metal awning that runs around the façade for no good reason. I recently came across an article from August…
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UnbuiltWindsor

Detroit River Memorial Tunnel - 1918

Welcome back everyone, and Happy New Year to you all! I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. After a bit of time to recharge the batteries here at IM world headquarters, we’re glad to be back for another year with you all, looking at our rich history here…
Buildings of WindsorDemolitionLost Windsor

Essex House Hotel - 317 Riverside Drive West

Image from SWODA A look today at the Essex House Hotel from 1961. The Essex House Hotel was built around 1840 and sat on the south west corner of Riverside Drive West and Dougall Avenue. In the late 1950s plans to develop a civic auditorium next door began to take shape and the Cleary Auditorium and convention centre rose to the east. The Essex House started to fall on hard times, and was…
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Old Photographs

1277 Ottawa Street - Then & Now

Photo from SWODA First off I would be remiss to not thank SWODA for their images that were used in the my recent book. They are an invaluable resource for local historians. During a recent media interview I blanked on thanking them, but they are an amazing source. If…
News

Book Launch Party - November 30

Just a final reminder that the book launch party is set for tomorrow night, November 30, 2021 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Chapter Two Brewing Company – 2345 Edna Street (closest major intersection is Walker & Wyandotte). Hope to see you there, books will be available…