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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 built. I’m not sure what killed it off, if it was lack of financing or simply that the project dragged on so long it ran…
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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…
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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. I guess the referendum to accept the by-law to borrow the money to build the fire hall failed at the ballot in 1928. Another…
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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…
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Unbuilt Windsor - # 4

From December 1928: PROPOSED ROYAL WINDSOR HOTEL This building was to be the tallest hotel in the British Empire. Designed by O’Dell, Trace & Diehl, it was to be part of the Royal Windsor Complex. The Apartment Building (still standing) and Garage (demolished)…
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Unbuilt Windsor - # 2

From February 1929: PROPOSED SKYSCRAPER FOR DOWNTOWN WINDSOR Planned for the Northeast corner of Wyandotte and Ouellette, it’s a shame this one didn’t get built. Plans were put forth by Fred W. Martin, promoter of the Windsor-Detroit vehicular tunnel. Two or…
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Unbuilt Windsor - # 1

A new category has been added, “Unbuilt”. Some of the grand plans for this city that never got off the ground. The more things change, the more they stay the same I suppose… From February 1914: EIGHT STORY HOTEL COSTING $350,000 TO BE ERECTED ON OUELLETTE…