Demolitiongoing, going, gone...Lost Windsor

841 Ouellette - Final Days

An unremarkable end to a part of Windsor’s history. The large vacant house at 841 Ouellette that was recently painted in a rainbow pattern of colours, burned down the other night in a spectacular fire. Built in 1890 for J.D. Arthur Deziel, the home served as a beauty parlor in the late 1930s and a dance studio in the early 1940s, before becoming a rooming house for a few decades. It was a…
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Buildings of WindsorOld Photographs

Park Building - July 2002

Going though some old photos from 2002, I came across this shot of the Park Building at the south west corner of Park & Ouellette. This photo is pre-stuccoing when the 1925 still displayed its architecture. This one was designed by Windsor architects Nichols, Sheppard…
Old Newspaper StoriesWindsor

Sign Cleaning - 1923

The photo above appeared in the Border Cities Star a century ago, appearing in the the July 17, 1923 edition on page 3. How would you like this job? There is no need telling where the two brush wielders are working, for the Prince Edward’s big electric sign is familiar to everyone in the Border Cities, and a landmark to most Detroiters. Like everything else in the hotel, the sign gets…
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Old Photographs

Royal Vist - 1951

With the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II last week, much was made of her previous visits to Windsor. Before she took the throne, when she was simply Princess Elizabeth, she paid a visit to Windsor in October, 1951. The future Queen and Prince Philip visited…
Old PhotographsRenderings

Curry Hall

In 1904 plans were drawn up by the Williams Brother architects for John Curry. Curry planned to erect a new building at the south east corner of Ouellette & London (now University). The building was to be three floors in height, with two stores on the main floor, and a…
Renderings

Jackson Park Gates - 1931

April 14, 1931 THIS SHOWS what the ornamental entrance to Jackson Park will look like when it is completed. The columns are on either side of the Ouellette avenue extension, and the low, curved wall is on the east side of the avenue. The pedestrian entrance, leading to the beautiful sunken garden is through this wall. The entrance is set back several hundred feet from Ouellette avenue and…
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Old Photographs

Windsor Utilities Office - 1964

The other day I was downtown and I noticed a flurry of work at the old Windsor Utilities Office at the north west corner of Ouellette & Elliott. The building was sold and is under renovation by the new owners Tessonics Inc. One of the projects underway is the removal…