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1493 Parent Ave

On the north west corner of Parent & Shepherd, a few blocks south of Ottawa Street has risen this four-plex on what was for the better part of a decade a vacant lot. Image from Google Streetview From 2010, until the recent construction of the new building in late 2018, the site looked like it did above. From 1931 until 2010 the site was occupied by St Anthony of Padua Hungarian…
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936 Windermere - Charles S Porter Residence

I have always been a fan of this house on Windermere Rd in Walkerville, just south of Niagara. The City Heritage Inventory lists this one as being built in 1916 by J.C. Pennington, but I think that that notation refers to an earlier house on the property, also owned by…
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St Francis School - Tuscarora St

St Francis School – 1913 Located on the south side of Tuscarora Street, just west of Marentette, was the former St Francis Separate School. A building lost to Windsor’s history, but a building that I have recently discovered had a very interesting history.
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Great War Memorial - 1923

The proposed Great War Memorial Windsor – 1923 From the Border Cities Star – April 6, 1923: Above is the design submitted by George Y. Masson, local architect, for the Windsor war memorial, to be erected on Giles boulevard west, facing Ouellette avenue. The specifications call for the use of Canadian pink granite and bronze, and the estimated cost is $20,000. Rising to a…
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King George School - 1916

Postcard of King George School – 1916 This postcard, postmarked 1916, shows the then new King George School on Ottawa St & Kildare. The school was built in 1914, and designed by local architects Stahl, Kinsey & Chapman. Stahl, Kinsey & Chapman also…
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Bank Of Commerce - Ottawa Street - 1950

Ottawa & Moy – December 1950 One of the coolest parts of running this website, as an architectural fan and local historian, is to come across buildings that I had never seen before, and never even knew existed. Case in point, the building above. I was searching to see if I could find anything about the Bank of Commerce at Ottawa & Moy, that is there today. It looks to be mid…
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New Studebaker Service Station - 1917

Architect’s rendering of the building – May 30, 1917 With all the focus lately on the redevelopment of the former Loop building (and new home of Quicken Loans), the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation has moved into the buildings across the street.