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1280 Ouellette - 2001

Going through some older photos the other week and I came across this one from 2001. Taken 20 years ago it shows what was then last known as the Bavarian Inn at 1280 Ouellette. It was home to many low income residents in the early 1990s before the utilities were disconcerted for non-payment and the residents evicted. Built in 1957 and designed by Windsor Architects J P Thomson Associate…
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Westwood Hotel - 1941

A view of the Westwood Hotel from June, 1940. The Westwood was later known as Bronson’s and was demolished around 2001. The building was popular with workers from the nearby salt mines, and was a popular stop during the prohibition days. This ad from 1941 gave…
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Windsor: Then & Now

I am happy to announce the release of my new book Windsor: Then & Now. Local publisher Biblioasis approached me back in the winter of 2020 with the idea to work with them to prepare a new addition to their collection of local history books. We talked back and forth about…
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Edgewater Tavern - 1938

Situated on Riverside Drive, just east of the junction of Little River and beautiful Lake St. Clair, is Edgewater Thomas Inn, famous along the Border as a rendezvous for many a brilliant gathering.An extensive remodeling program, completed this year, has completely transformed this establishment. The elaborate exterior construction and landscaping work has created and absolutely new appearing…
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Fast Automobile Ferry Service - 1928

A neat old ad from the Detroit and Windsor Ferry Company, touting that they had the “fastest ferry service in America”. By the time this ad was published in the 1928 Ontario Tourist Guidebook, the writing was already on the wall for the Ferry service. The next…
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Walkerville Tourist Camp Honeymoon Nest

Back in 2014, I posted about the Honeymoon Nest the Walkerville Tourist Camp, but had no additional information at the time. Then a few months ago, I was browsing the SWODA when I came across the same image, this time in postcard format, and I figured that this one must have a story that would be worth further investigation. Postcard from SWODA Seeing as I had now come across a second…
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Odd Fellows Temple - 36 Wyandotte St E

Postcard View c. 1915 Designed by architects Crane & Pennington, and built in 1913, the Odd Fellows Temple was located just east of Ouellette on Wynadotte at the intersection of Dufferin. The first floor contained an auditorium, stage, dressing rooms and kitchenette.
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Home Of The Friendless - 1902

From the Evening Record – August 12, 1902 Above is shown a rendering from 1902, of the new wing facing Wyandotte Street, of the Home of the Friendless. The Home of the Friendless was established in 1885 to provide shelter to older citizens who found themselves…