Lost WindsorOld PhotographsReader Submission

Lafontaine House - 395 Pitt St E

Pitt & Mercer – mid 1970’s The photo for today’s post comes from a reader who shot the house above on a Kodachrome Slide back in the mid 1970s. He scanned it for us here using his digital camera. The house was built in 1875 on the south west corner of Pitt & Mercer. Unique in that it was an octagon shaped house, it was unique to the city. The house was home to…
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Lost WindsorOld Photographs

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…
DemolitionLost WindsorOld Photographs

Ouellette & Riverside - 1963

Looking north towards Detroit, August 5, 1963 One of those cool but depressing photos, showing the first block of Ouellette from 1963. Every building in this shot on the Windsor side, is long lost to history. The Norwich block on the left, wiped out for the Chrysler Canada office building. The facade of the TD bank on the corner, remains in storage, awaiting a proposal for its reuse. On the…
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Old Photographs

New Post Office - 1934

New Downtown Post Office – October 3, 1934 The art deco splendor of the main post office hall on the ground floor of the Paul Martin Building on Ouellette Avenue. Following years of neglect, and renovation, the building was recently purchased by the City of Windsor. This main hall has been empty since the post office closed, and moved to Ouellette and Park in the early 2000’s. The…
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DetroitOld Photographs

Detroit Civic Center Plaza - 1976

From the Detroit Free Press – March 16, 1976 A view looking east from Cobo Hall over the twin construction sites of the Civic Plaza (which became Hart Plaza) and the Renaissance Center, with construction on the main tower underway. The photo above was taken by the…
Lost WindsorOld Photographs

Beaver House Hotel - Sandwich - 1908

Corner of Bedford & South Centre Road – Photo from the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library A photograph from the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library dated August 18, 1908. The Hotel was location at the Corner of…