RenderingsUnbuiltWindsor

The Cleary Auditorium

Some of these have been posted before, but I’ve recently come across a rendering showing the proposed, but only partially built Cleary Auditorium.

This rendering above dates to about 1955-56 and the early planning stages of the “Civic Auditorium”. Designed by Johnson & McWhinnie, the building was actually built in 1957.

Above are a few postcards of the building after it was built. As you can see compared to the rendering the western section was never built.


View Larger Map

It’s a shame. Perhaps if the building had been built as it was originally intended to be, it may have been more useful and had a longer life without renovation. Once the hotels were built to the west, the building essentially became landlocked, and unable to expand.

With the demolition of the Guest House and the sale of the Cleary to St. Clair College, the legacy of the Cleary Family, and their contributions to the rebirth of the civic centre in the late 1950’s, is all but forgotten today.

____________________________________________________________________

Related posts
RenderingsWindsor

St George's Walkerville - 2017

Old PhotographsWindsor

391 Tecumseh Road East - Former Supertest Station

Notable WindsoritesWindsor

H. W. Patterson House - 2277 Lincoln Road

DemolitionOld PhotographsPostcardsWindsor

Hiram Walker Bottling Plant

Recent Comments:

  • Jo-Anne on Hofer Brewery: “I am one of Vital’s Benoit granddaughters. My Dad, Allan was the second youngest of Vital’s children. I would also…Sep 15, 19:28
  • Sarah on Walkerville Tourist Camp Honeymoon Nest: “I love this! We have lost so much of our interesting history here in Windsor. Have you had much luck…Aug 26, 19:33
  • JM on Osterhout’s Confectionary – 333 Ouellette: “Great story! I really like to read about the ‘human element’ behind these buildings and businesses; a part of Windsor…Aug 24, 07:45
  • Whitney on 888 Chilver: “I grew up in this house. When we moved in, everything was falling apart. It was the quintessential “money pit”.…Aug 21, 02:47
  • Dominic on Diana Restaurant – Leamington – 1954: “Sherry, you are correct, Diana Restaurant was owned by George, Nick and Gus, but it was sold on August 25th…Aug 16, 13:13

6 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *