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Lafontaine House - 395 Pitt St E

Pitt & Mercer – mid 1970’s The photo for today’s post comes from a reader who shot the house above on a Kodachrome Slide back in the mid 1970s. He scanned it for us here using his digital camera. The house was built in 1875 on the south west corner of Pitt & Mercer. Unique in that it was an octagon shaped house, it was unique to the city. The house was home to…
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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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1597 Howard Ave

1597 Howard as seen June 25, 2019 – Post Fire This past weekend a fire ravaged 1597 Howard Avenue, the old service station and garage that was once home to Beaver Oil. Designed by Windsor architects Johnson-McWhinnie, who also notably designed the original Cleary…
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Geo E. White & Sons Building Demolition

The site on Wednesday April 10, 2019. I noticed earlier this week, that the George E White company building that was located on the north east corner of Shepard & Windsor, directly across the street from the Windsor Truck & Storage building was wiped away. I…
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Drake House - 193-199 Glengarry

Front entrance of the Drake House, corner of Glengarry & Chatham St. c. 1960. From A Forgotten City by Chris Edwards & Elaine Weeks A regular reader recently asked me about this old local establishment, the Drake House at the corner of Glengarry & Chatham. It was one of Windsor’s oldest watering holes, with a hotel having been on the same site since at least 1895. The bar…
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