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LaBelle Building

Designed by architects C. Howard Crane and J. C. Pennington, the LaBelle building was commissioned by local physician James LaBelle, who also built and owned the still standing LaBelle Terrace downtown. The multi-use LaBelle Building, with offices above and ground floor retail was opened in March of 1913, and destroyed in a spectacular fire on April 6th, 1959. An early WWI era view looking at the…
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Casa-Don Motel

Another oldie from the collection, featuring the Casa Don Motel. The back of this 1940’s card reads: Nice large rooms, up to date furnishings with tiled showers in every unit & moderate prices. Owner operated by Don Kinnee. AAA & OTCA The Casa-Don was still…
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Ouellette Avenue - c. 1932

This postcard is a neat view of Ouellette Avenue looking south from just south of Chatham Street. Both the buildings you see on the south side of University are no longer around. On the left hand side was the old Heintzman Building, demolished with the old Palace in 1986, on…
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Cleary Auditorium

A few older postcard shots of the Cleary Auditorium. Designed in 1957 by Johnson and McWhinnie, the buidling that was built was a much scaled down version of what the architects had imagined. Even back then the Mayor and Council meddled in the plans, and the auditorium was shrunken as was the convention space. Plans for a smaller second theatre in the basment were also scrapped. The basement…
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First Baptist Church

February kicks of Black Heritage month across Canada and the United States, and today I thought we would take a look at one of the oldest church parishes in the City of Windsor. This postcard view from about 1918 shows the First Baptist Church incorrectly labeled as being…
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Paramount Cafeteria

Scouring through my old postcards, I came across this old rarely seen view of the Paramount Cafeteria. The back denotes the cafeteria to be in the basement of the Paramount Building. The room still exists, and unbelievely has really only seen minor renovations over the…
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St. Edmond

A pair of old downtown area postcards for today. First up is St. Edmond School. It was located on Tuscarora Ave. just east of Marentette, behind what was then Immaculate Conception Church, in fact, you can catch a glimpse of the church on the left side fo the card. I’m not sure when the school closed, when I first moved to Windsor in 1989, I seem to remember some new kids in school that…
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Old Sandwich Schools

Here are a pair of century old postcards (c. 1909) of two schools in Sandwich. The Sandwich Public School, and St. Francis. St. Francis School, built in 1901, was located on the corner of Peter & Detroit. The site today is a parking lot. The Sandwich Public School was…
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Dougall Avenue School

This might bring back some memories for some of my readers. The original Dougall Ave. School was built in 1904, and stood until 1990, when in the name of progress, the School Board smacked her down, for a modern box. The replacement school was opened on the same site in…