RenderingsUnbuiltWindsor

Proposed YMCA - 1896

Here’s a proposal for a YMCA building from 1896, that never came to be. This one was planned for the north side of Ouellette Square which was the parade ground beside the Armouies (that wasn’t yet built) that was located where the Windsor Star is today (in the old Palace Theatre site). The YMCA was planned for London Street (today University Avenue), and would have had a 50 foot…
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Proposed Sandwich Hydro Office - 1931

From the Border Cities Star – November 4, 1931. The Sandwich Hydro-Electric Commission will start construction on its $25,000 new building, opposite the Town Hall, in the near future, if architect’s plans are approved by the Ontario Hydro-Electric. Mayor…
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Security Building

Probably my favourite downtown building, seen on Monday evening, the Security Building at the corner of University & Pelissier. Designed by local architects Pennington & Boyde, the Security Building opened December 1, 1927. The Security Building as it appeared as…
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Amherstburg Town Hall - 1881

Browsing though the U of M digital archives of the Mason & Rice collection, I came across this rendering from 1881 simply titled “Amherstburg Town Hall” Now I’ve said it before, but I don’t know a lot about the history of the buildings in Essex County. Any idea if this place was ever built? I can’t say I’ve ever seen any other pictures of it. A quick google…
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Walkerville Theatre - 1920

From the Border Cities Star – September 18, 1920     Walkerville’s new $250,00 theatre, on Wyandotte Street which will be opened by the owner Simon Meretsky, on Monday. Only the highest class motion pictures and vaudeville will be shown at this fine…
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Proposed Detroit River Memorial Tunnel - 1918

This rendering above was proposed in July 1918, involved six giant elevators to take cars down to a road, where you would drive under the river, and take an elevator up at the other end. The plan also called for pedestrians as well. Just one of many ideas floated that never came to be, for ways to go over or under the river. It would be another decade before a car tunnel under the river would be…
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