Essex County

Boblo Block House

Originally built in 1839 the block house at the southern end of Boblo Island has recently been rededicated following a four year restoration by area volunteers. There is a Ontario Historical Marker on the island that reads as follows: Following the evacuation of the British…
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Streetcar 351 - Still Around

Photo © 2015 John Stefani, used with permission As promised on Wednesday, here’s a few photos of a recently uncovered streetcar at an undisclosed location in Essex County. When streetcars ended their reign at the end of the 1930’s many of the cars were older, and in poorer condition and being of little value to anyone at the time, many were sold as scrap. Some were purchased and used…
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Mettawas Hotel - Kingsville - 1889

A neat view of the Mettawas Casino from the Mason & Rice archives. Built on the edge of Lake Erie in Kingsville this massive hotel was built in 1889 and demolished in the 1902 over a tax dispute between the owner and the town of Kingsville. Quite the impressive…
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Kingsville Station - 1899

A nice old photo from the Mason & Rice archives. The station in Kingsville was designed by Mason & Rice and built in 1888 as part of the Lake Erie, Essex and Detroit River Railway which was built by Hiram Walker. Although the railway is now long gone, the station still stands today in Kingsville, and is home to the Mettawa Station Restaurant. Have a great weekend everyone, see you back…
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Amherstburg Town Hall - 1881

Browsing though the U of M digital archives of the Mason & Rice collection, I came across this rendering from 1881 simply titled “Amherstburg Town Hall” Now I’ve said it before, but I don’t know a lot about the history of the buildings in Essex…