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Masonic Temple

This rendering above ran in the Evening Record July 27, 1912. The Masonic Temple was supposed to be built at the corner of Ouellette and University Ave., when the old Imperial Bank stands today. The Imperial Bank was built on the site in 1920. There were articles that made reference to the Imperial Bank being built where the Masonic Temple pit was. Temple excavations were started, but never…
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Proposed Church Of Christ

Some recent comments on an old post from March 2007, reminded me that I had a follow up to that post lurking on my hard drive, waiting for the opportunity to be posted. From the Border Cities Star, May 11, 1929: This is an architect’s sketch of the proposed new Gilles…
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The Merloray Building

Another project to add to the Windsor that could have been… Instead it’s just added to the list of Unbuilt Windsor projects. The 18 story Merloray Building, announced February 13, 1929. I suspect the great crash of 1929 helped kill this project… THE…
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The Windsor Travelodge

From the holdings of the Windsor Municipal Archives – Johnson-McWhinnie Collection The other day I was down at the Municipal Archives, when I stumbled across these plans drawn up by Johnson-McWhinnie for a hotel project that never happened. From the holdings of the Windsor Municipal Archives – Johnson-McWhinnie Collection Check out the old 1964 era Travelodge logo… The plans…
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Royal Windsor Hotel

To file under the “Unbuilt Windsor” section, two renderings for Royal Windsor Hotel (also designed by Trace, O’Dell & Diehl), one from 1927, and one from 1928. The hotel grew during the year that passed between these two renderings, and it was never…
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Hugh Beaton School

Located on the corner of Lens and Windermere in south Walkerville, is this grand old school. Built in 1928 by the local firm of Nichols, Sheppard & Masson, sadly this building also received the same half assed window replacement that Walkerville C.I. also received. This big three story building ended up very different from the original plans… Why things changed so dramatically, I have…
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Unbuilt Fire Hall

From the May 24, 1928 Border Cities Star The plan was to build this Ford City Fire Station on Drouillard Road, opposite Demming Ave. As you can see on the 1937 map, there was a lumber yard on Drouillard, opposite Demming Ave. Today Demming Ave. doesn’t even exist.
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Unbuilt Windsor - # 5

From June 1927: ARCITECTS DRAWING FOR $1,500,000 CLUB BUILDING This 12 story building was designed by Pennington & Boyde, it was supposed to be built at Pitt & Dougall. It was going to be home to the North American Athletic Club. The plan was for floors 5-11 to be…