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Mandarin Garden - 1927 - 1933

Throughout the years of looking at old postcards, and old newspapers, starting in the mid 1920s , I would often come across ads for the Mandarin Garden, or see the distinctive multi storey sign near Ouellette & University in postcards or pictures of downtown. In late December, 1926, an article appeared in the paper, announcing that the Gan brothers, well known restaurateurs of Ottawa…
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Downtown Windsor - 1900

Here’s an old shot I acquired a few years ago. I don’t think I’ve ever posted this one before, but if I have, apologies for the re-post. Also excuse my poor Photoshop skills around the border on the right hand side as well…. This shot, like many…
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Baby Park

Back in 2007, this website took a look at Boose’s Tourist Camp on Dougall Ave at Eugenie. In the 1920s & 1930s, as more people acquired cars, Motor Touring was quite popular and all those road trips meant that people needed somewhere to stay. Tourist camps began…
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John Ross School - 2715 Bernard

I was recently doing some research, and came across a reference to John Ross School on Bernard, south of Grand Marais. It was built in 1955 and designed by architect J P Thomson. Being Unfamiliar with the school, I looked it up on Google streetview. It seems like it had become a church after the school closed, and was recently vacant and up for sale. The building also housed the offices of the…
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1493 Parent Ave

On the north west corner of Parent & Shepherd, a few blocks south of Ottawa Street has risen this four-plex on what was for the better part of a decade a vacant lot. Image from Google Streetview From 2010, until the recent construction of the new building in late…
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St Francis School - Tuscarora St

St Francis School – 1913 Located on the south side of Tuscarora Street, just west of Marentette, was the former St Francis Separate School. A building lost to Windsor’s history, but a building that I have recently discovered had a very interesting history.
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Pitt Street Property Dispute - 1912

Pitt street is marching right to the front as part of Windsor’s business section. This view shows the old blacksmith shop between Ouellette and Goyeau, which has been purchased by Joseph Appelbe as the site of the new vaudeville theatre. There is a dispute over part of the property in this section between Mr. Appelbe on one hand and P. A. Belleperche and Osterhout & Little on the…
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Vendome Hotel - 1941

The Vendome Hotel, Sandwich, 1941 A view of the long lost Vendome Hotel in Sandwich. Located next to MacKenzie Hall, the photo above dates to 1941 when the building was vacant, and a proposal was made to convert the building into apartments for families who’s…