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Downtown Laura Secord Closes - 1976

From the Windsor Star – February 27, 1976. The downtown Laura Secord shop was closing down and moving out as the Prince Edward hotel at Park & Ouellette was getting ready for demolition. STORE CLOSES — With demolition crews marshalling to bring down the Prince Edward Hotel on Ouellette Avenue the staff of the Laura Secord store is evacuating the tiny shop. From left: Mrs.Anne…
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Windsor Utilities Office - 1964

The other day I was downtown and I noticed a flurry of work at the old Windsor Utilities Office at the north west corner of Ouellette & Elliott. The building was sold and is under renovation by the new owners Tessonics Inc. One of the projects underway is the removal…
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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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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 Windsor through 1940, when he joined Giffels & Vallet in Detroit, where he worked until he passed away in 1950. He teamed…
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Mandarin Garden - 1927 - 1933

Throughout the years of looking at old postcards, and old newspapers, starting in the mid 1920s , I would often come across ads for the Mandarin Garden, or see the distinctive multi storey sign near Ouellette & University in postcards or pictures of downtown. In…
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Downtown Windsor - 1900

Here’s an old shot I acquired a few years ago. I don’t think I’ve ever posted this one before, but if I have, apologies for the re-post. Also excuse my poor Photoshop skills around the border on the right hand side as well…. This shot, like many others is taken from Ouellette avenue, looking north towards the ferry dock. A ferry is visible at the foot of Ouellette. On…
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Essex County War Memorial

A couple of recent additions to my collection, a pair of photographs of the Cenotaph at Giles & Ouellette. The photos are someone’s personal snapshots, and are undated. Judging from the cars visible on the left hand side of the first photo, this one is probably…
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Cenotaph to Jackson Park - 1932

Councilors Favor Moving War Memorial – May 23, 1932 – The Essex County War Memorial, shown above, may be moved to a new location in Jackson Park as a result of the application that has been made to the council for a permit to erect a gas station on adjoining…