Essex County

Hofer Brewery - Front Rd - Lasalle

Hofer Brewery under construction, January, 1928 I had an inquiry recently about this building, as it is one of the ones from the old site, that had images lost over the years. I had a quick look and dug up some photos of the place. As I have no notes to indicate the photos I had used back in 2011. The brewery was established in 1927, and local architect Nichols, Sheppard & Masson, were…
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Amherst Distillers Office - c. 1927

Today is a view of the offices of the Amherst Distillers. I am assuming that this place was the factory that today is known as Diageo Canada? As I have said many times, my Essex County knowlege is minimal, so tell me readers, who knows anything about this place? I’m…
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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Blue Water Dance Pavilion - Tecumseh - c. 1925

The picture above comes from regular reader and commenter Jay Thompson Ricard. Does anyone out there have any stories about this place? It was on the corner of Lesperence & Riverside on the southeast corner. There was a fire in the early 1920’s, but the place kept going, before a fire burned it to the ground in the mid 1930’s (1935-36). Hope everyone had a nice weekend…
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Essex CountyOld Photographs

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…
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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…