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Proposed Detroit-Windsor International Airport

From the Windsor Star February 3, 1949 It’s hard to remember back to the pre 9/11 days, and how much more relaxed the border was. This proposal that was floated in the post war years is a good reminder of how much closer we used to be. This proposal would have made for a logistical and security nightmare in today’s world. Crazy to image that this was once considered as an option…
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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…
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St Paul's Memorial Church

This is an interesting proposal, that was sent my way by Robert Hill who runs the Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada 1800-1950 Leonard Meanwell was active as an architect in Winnipeg, Manitoba from 1916 to 1924, before moving to Windsor in 1925. He worked in…
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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 Ben Dore, who was associated with C. Howard Crane’s firm. The building was planned to be built by 1928, with the goal of…
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Sandwich East Township Hall

The Sandwich East Town Hall was built in 1927, and designed by local architects Allaster & Jacques. Located on the south side of Tecumseh Road East, near Lauzon, the township hall was built in 1927 at a cost of about $12,000. A one storey building with a basement, the…
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Giles Boulevard Christian Church

I recently came across this plan from 1929 for the Giles Boulevard Christian Church. It was planned for the north east corner of Giles & Goyeau, where a much smaller Christian Church can be found. I would only imagine that the depression put an end to this plan. It was…
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Border Cities Arena

Built in 1925 and opened as the Border Cities Arena, the building was home to the NHL’s Detroit Cougars for their inaugural season of 1926-1927. The Cougars moved into The Olympia for their second season, and were renamed the Detroit Red Wings. The building was nicknamed “The Barn” due the large steel trusses giving the building a barn like appearance from the exterior. The arena was a large…
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Easton Edwards Garage

Designed by Cameron & Ralston, this building housed a Chevrolet car dealership and was located on Goyeau between Tuscarora and Elliott. It was designed with Moorish and Byzantine elements and was described as “Modernistic in its architecture[Border Cities Star, October…
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Colonial Tool

Located on the west side of Walker Road at Seneca Street is this factory belonging to the Colonial Tool Group. A handsome red brick building, with a two storey office building on the south end with decorative stone elements, they sure don’t build factories like they…