Old PhotographsWindsor

594-598 Janette

Image from SWODA Sometimes even the humble little buildings can be interesting. I’ve long liked the building on the north east corner of Wyandotte & Janette on the edge of downtown Windsor. This shot above from 1950, shows the building still clad in its clapboard siding, and probably not looking much different from when it was built. This building for many years, had an old…
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Municipal Court House - 1961

Image from SWODA While searching for something unrelated, I came across this picture of the old Municipal Court House at City Hall Square. This photo dates from 1961, although the courthouse was built in 1955. It was designed by Sheppard & Masson, who were also the…
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Bridge Tavern - 2007

Another of Windsor’s legendary taverns, lost to history is the old Bridge Tavern at University and Bridge out towards the University. I spent a lot of time here in my youth, and it was a great place amongst the University crowd as well as locals. Image from…
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Forest House Tavern

Image from SWODA One of the old bars who’s name I hear often, is that of the old Forest House. The Forest House was on the south east corner of Tecumseh Rd E and Forest, just east of the Caboto Club, as shown in the photo above from 1952. In the mid 1990s, I remember this place as the Sitting Bull. After the Forest House, it became Hadley’s in the 1970s, by the mid 1980s it…
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Changez By Nite - 2007

Going through some old photos over the weekend, I came across this one of the old Changez By Nite on Wyandotte St E, opposite the 7-11. This is before the building became a shelter. As i recall a wind storm had knocked the parapet wall down, causing bricks to tumble into the…
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The Talbot House - 1952

Image from SWODA Today’s shot is a view looking west along Wyandotte Street West, from Elm Street, shot in December, 1952. The bar at the corner of Wyandotte & Wellington was known at the Talbot House until 1976, when it became the El Morocco. Today the building…
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Walker & Tecumseh - Looking North 1950

Image from SWODA A view of the intersection of Walker & Tecumseh roads looking north in April, 1950. Oftentimes the old pictures we feature here are remarkable for the buildings shown that we’ve lost, but this I find remarkable for how little we have going on. Walker & Tecumseh is a major intersection, in what is now the heart of the urban part of the city. Here in this shot…
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Canadian Club Sign

Canadian Club Sign c. 1915 An old view of the Canadian Club Distillery sign that was located along the Windsor waterfront. The photo above is from my personal collection, and dates to about 1915. The sign was built in 1900 and was covered in 4,300 lightbulbs and flashed…
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1627 Howard Avenue

Way back in 2008, we took a look at The Howard Block at 1627 Howard Avenue. The building in 2008 Since that time, the building has horribly been reclad, and all of the decorative elements of the building have been wiped away. Here’s how the building looked…