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3857 Riverside Dr E

As someone mentioned recently in the comments, here’s another recent demolition. 3857 Riverside Dr E, between Strabane and George. It was most recently “The Windsor inn on the river” a B&B. It has had a standing demolition permit for the last several years. The owner took out a permit, it would expire, he would reapply, it would expire, etc.. Only this time it was actually…
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1522 Ouellette

In the comments on Monday’s post, someone asked about what was recently demolished on Ouellette Ave. This small building was the latest victim of demolition. It most recently served as medical offices, probably since at least the 1970’s, but this small building…
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401 Ouellette - Then and Now

Photo above from June 2002. The Park Building at the corner of Park & Ouellette, built in the mid 1920’s and designed by Sheppard & Masson, the building was horribly renovated and reclad. Today, it looks a little like this ^^^ Hope everyone had a nice…
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579 Church

Scene of an intentionally set fire earlier this week, 579 Church is probably not long for this world. These photos above date from 2002, and in the last 13 years, the house has suffered from a lack of maintenance and care, but was still a great old Queen Anne style house. Built about 1885, it stood on Church Street, just north of Wyandotte for about 130 years. Sadly, some moron set the place…
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Hiram Walker & Sons Front Entrance - c 1892

A detail shot from the archives of Mason & Rice, showing the front entrance on Riverside Drive today, of the Hiram Walker & Sons headquarters. It’s amazing how little this building has changed in 123 years. One of the few things in Windsor that hasn’t…
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Downtown Renovations

While walking downtown along Ouellette the other day, I saw a few renovations in full swing. The old kiddie bar Voodoo is being renovated, the crappy facade has been peeled away, and upper windows, long covered up have been revealed. Hopefully the new plans involve keeping…
Demolitiongoing, going, gone...Windsor

Last Days of the Tunnel Bar-B-Q

As everyone knows the Tunnel Bar-B-Q property was purchased by the University of Windsor as part of their new downtown campus. The property is to be redeveloped, and a new school building will rise on its site. The other day I noticed that the street between the Tunnel Bar-B-Q and the Armouries (Freedom Way) has been closed, and the fencing is going up around the building. It won’t be long…
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Hiram Walker Staff - 1893

From the Mason & Rice archives, comes this great shot of the entire staff (I’m assuming just the office staff) of Hiram Walker & Sons, gathered on the lawn behind the office on Riverside Drive in 1893. There’s an impressive array of mustaches on…