Old PhotographsWindsor

Ottawa & Moy - 1959

Image from SWODA A view looking at the north east corner of Ottawa Street & Moy Avenue in September, 1959. The Woolworth store stands on the corner. An attractive art deco styled building, it is still standing and is home to Holland’s Consignment Shop today. A few doors east is Kozak’s Hotel. The building today is home to Rockhead Pub, but I recall Kozak’s by the sea…
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Old PhotographsWindsor

53 Pitt Street East

Image from SWODA Back in October 1956, the south side of Pitt Street East, between Goyeau and Ouellette was hopping. “Urban Renewal” would bring a massive parking garage to the corner, and the buildings from the Canada Salvage at 65 Pitt Street East and…
SchoolsWindsor

Walkerville Collegiate Institute Renovations

Keeping with the theme of renovations, I noticed that Walkerville CI is undergoing a renovation/restoration that’s long overdue. After many years with a horrible out of place window selection, the school board is replacing the badly retrofitted windows, with a look…
Windsor

Bartlet Building Annex Renovations

Built in 1926 the Bartlet building on the corner University & Pelissier was actually built as an annex to the original Bartlet Building built in 1920 just east of this one. Photo from Google Streetview As you can see in Google Streetview the lower levels have been clad for some time in non-original materials on the lower level retail space, and the second floor of the main façade.
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DetroitOld Newspaper StoriesWindsor

The First Fireworks - 1959

After a few years away due to COVID the annual fireworks returned to the riverfront this year in spectacular fashion. However it got me thinking about the history of the fireworks, and exactly how the first ones were handled in the media… I decided to go back through…
Lost WindsorOld PhotographsWindsor

Wyandotte & Glengarry - Then & Now

Sometimes the difference on a then & now shot can be very stark, other times its amazing how little has changed. Image from SWODA Take the image above as a perfect example of change. This image is looking south on Glengarry from Wyandotte Street East. This shot…
Windsor

4195 Seminole - Former Caribbean Centre

This building at 4195 Seminole is currently undergoing some work. The renovations have uncovered the old sign for when this was the Caribbean Centre. The Caribbean Centre was located here from about 1976 though 1992, before it moved to its current home on Central Avenue. Back in the late 1950s it appears that there was a TV Repair business at this address, but nothing else comes up in my searches…
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UnbuiltWindsor

Canada Square - 1965

Proposed Canada Square Development – 1965 Back in 1965 a Toronto architectural firm of K. R. Cooper & Associates drew up plans for the Canada Square Development that was supposed to be built along the river at Riverside Drive West & Church Street. The…
ChurchesRenderingsWindsor

St Michael and All Angels Church 1960

Located on Jerome Street in Riverside just to the east of the Riverside High School, is this proposed church building from October 1960. The building was designed by Windsor architect J P Thomson Associates. The building was built but with a few modifications to the…