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711 Riverside Drive East

A return visit today to a site we visited back in 2009. 711 Riverside Drive East, on the south east corner of Riverside Drive and Louis Avenue is an old building, that’s obvious to anyone driving past. I recently came across an old newspaper article from 1958, claiming that it might have been the city’s first two storey brick building… Like many stories in Windsor, they can be…
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586-596 Ouellette Avenue

Image from Google Streetview – 2016 The building on the north east corner of Ouellette & Wyandotte Streets has long been one that interested me. It looks like a standard building that you can find all over every city in North America. However, it is the victim…
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Car Barn Designation Moving Forward

University Avenue West Card Barns c 1921 Hey there, sorry it’s been quiet over here at International Metropolis world headquarters. We’re actually in the middle of finalizing a forthcoming book that will be out later this fall, published by our friends at Biblioasis. That’s why we’ve been so quiet over here, but more to come on that later. Within the next two weeks…
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From Wigle Park to Yankee Stadium

In 1928, one year after winning the World Series, Yankees spitball pitcher Urban Shocker died at age 37 in Denver from a heart ailment. He pitched from 1916-1928, with both the New York Yankees and St. Louis Brown. Led the Majors in Wins in 1921 and led the Majors in…
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Wigle Park - 1909

A view of the Wigle Park Fountain – August, 1909 – Mayor Wigle to the right The Wigle Park Fountain, designed by Watt & Crane, 1909, made out of cement. Lost somewhere to time. It likely wasn’t built to survive being constantly wet, and likely…
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Home Of The Friendless - 1902

From the Evening Record – August 12, 1902 Above is shown a rendering from 1902, of the new wing facing Wyandotte Street, of the Home of the Friendless. The Home of the Friendless was established in 1885 to provide shelter to older citizens who found themselves destitute. The building was located at Wyandotte & Mercer. The facility was eventually renamed The Homestead and was replaced…
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East Windsor Bathing Beach

A few years ago I acquired a large lot of photos taken in and around Ford City. I have no information on them, such as who took them or when they were taken. They appear to be shot in the mid to late 1950s for the most part. Contained in the lot was a few photos taken at the…
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594-598 Janette

Image from SWODA Sometimes even the humble little buildings can be interesting. I’ve long liked the building on the north east corner of Wyandotte & Janette on the edge of downtown Windsor. This shot above from 1950, shows the building still clad in its…