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25 Pitt Street East

Going through old photos, I came across these pictures I had taken of Patrick O’Ryan’s prior to demolition. The building has a long and interesting history. It was originally built as the annex to the Manning House Hotel which sat beside it, fronting Ouellette Avenue. The Manning House was built in 1881, and the annex likely dates to about 1890. In 1913, the building was…
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Border Cities Arena

Built in 1925 and opened as the Border Cities Arena, the building was home to the NHL’s Detroit Cougars for their inaugural season of 1926-1927. The Cougars moved into The Olympia for their second season, and were renamed the Detroit Red Wings. The building was nicknamed…
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Easton Edwards Garage

Designed by Cameron & Ralston, this building housed a Chevrolet car dealership and was located on Goyeau between Tuscarora and Elliott. It was designed with Moorish and Byzantine elements and was described as “Modernistic in its architecture[Border Cities Star, October…
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The First Elmwood Casino

The first version of the Elmwood Casino was located in the same spot. Opened in the early 1920s as the Elmcourt Tennis & Country club. Later on during the depression years, in 1934, the Elmwood Hotel opened in the old clubhouse of the Country Club. By the early 1940s, the supper club format was underway. In December, 1943 the original Elmwood burned to the ground. When the fire broke…
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Bronson's Tavern

I was going through some old photos the other days and came across one I had taken of Bronson’s Tavern TThe photo is from 2001 and the tavern closed shortly after. It was purchased by the City, as an expansion of the Lou Romano plant across Ojibway Parkway meant…
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St Angela School - 816 Ellis St E

The separate school board has never seen to be particularly fond or respectful of its inventory of historic buildings. In all fairness the public board, for many years wasn’t either, but there has been a steady and appreciated shift of attitudes at the public board…
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St Theresa - 1991 Norman Rd

This church always sticks out to me, visible from Tecumseh Road, but kind of tucked away in a residential area. The church was built in 1947, designed by J. C. Pennington. It looks to be in great shape. At a time when church attendance has fallen, and many churches consolidated and closed, it’s nice to see this one holding on. The parish was established in 1925, as a mission of Our Lady of…
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1501 Tecumseh Rd E

While doing some research over the last little while, I found reference to a new, previously unknown (to me at least) architect in Windsor from the late 1920’s named Charles L Archibald. He appears to have been located in Walkerville, and was the architect for several…