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Walkerville Church


Back in June, 2006
, I paid a visit en route to Art in the Park to the First Presbyterian Church of Walkerville.

Built in 1908, it was designed by architects James Watt and Charles Howard Crane. Crane would eventually find fame and fortune as the pre-eminent theatre architect in America. In Detroit alone, he designed the Fox, the State (now known as the Filmore Detroit) and the Grand Circus (today known as the Detroit Opera House). In Windsor he designed the old Palace (demolished 1986) as well as the Walkerville Theatre, that many know as the Tivoli.

Recently I acquired a postcard of the church postmarked from 1916. Despite the date on the postmark, I suspect that the photo was taken closer to 1908. Anyone familiar with Walkerville, who knows the corner of Windermere and Niagara, knows how naked the area looks in this old postcard.

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