Lost Windsor

Westwood Hotel - 1941

A view of the Westwood Hotel from June, 1940. The Westwood was later known as Bronson’s and was demolished around 2001. The building was popular with workers from the nearby salt mines, and was a popular stop during the prohibition days. This ad from 1941 gave instructions to drive along the riverfront road (Sandwich street) near the Windsor city limits. Dinner and dancing nightly (except…
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Fred Neal - 1855-1931

Fred Neal was a local historian, who’s early work “Township of Sandwich, Past & Present” left us an invaluable record of early days in Sandwich. If you don’t have a copy, or have never read it, a copy can be found here…
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Proposed Elks Hall

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (B.P.O.E.) announced in 1927 that they had acquired a property on the south west corner of Sandwich Street (Riverside Drive West) & Park Place (Randolph). The ambitious plans for the building were drawn up by Detroit architect…
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Bronson's Tavern

I was going through some old photos the other days and came across one I had taken of Bronson’s Tavern TThe photo is from 2001 and the tavern closed shortly after. It was purchased by the City, as an expansion of the Lou Romano plant across Ojibway Parkway meant that the tavern fell within the mandated 300 meter buffer zone of the pollution control plant. After the city purchased it…
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Proposed Essex County Courthouse Addition - 1931

At the end of November, 1930, the Essex County Council announced a competition to design an addition to the court house at Sandwich (now MacKenzie Hall). The requirements were as follows: one high court room, two smaller court rooms, three judges’ chambers, a law…
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Vendome Hotel - 1941

The Vendome Hotel, Sandwich, 1941 A view of the long lost Vendome Hotel in Sandwich. Located next to MacKenzie Hall, the photo above dates to 1941 when the building was vacant, and a proposal was made to convert the building into apartments for families who’s…
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Beaver House Hotel - Sandwich - 1908

Corner of Bedford & South Centre Road – Photo from the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library A photograph from the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library dated August 18, 1908. The Hotel was location at the Corner of Bedford and South Centre Road, which today is better known as the north east corner of Sandwich & Prince. This hotel is long…
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Proposed Sandwich Hydro Office - 1931

From the Border Cities Star – November 4, 1931. The Sandwich Hydro-Electric Commission will start construction on its $25,000 new building, opposite the Town Hall, in the near future, if architect’s plans are approved by the Ontario Hydro-Electric. Mayor…