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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 of a renovation that hasn’t aged well. I believe it was renovated around 1992. Photo from 2008 Before becoming a…
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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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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 late December, 1926, an article appeared in the paper, announcing that the Gan brothers, well known restaurateurs of Ottawa…
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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…
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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 property. Veterans’ representatives and city commissioners look with approval upon the removal idea. The only obstacle is…
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Ouellette & Riverside - 1963

Looking north towards Detroit, August 5, 1963 One of those cool but depressing photos, showing the first block of Ouellette from 1963. Every building in this shot on the Windsor side, is long lost to history. The Norwich block on the left, wiped out for the Chrysler…
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Bank of Hamilton - 1920

Proposed Bank of Hamilton – Ouellette and Chatham St. 1920 Designed by Toronto architects McGiffin & Smith, this unrealized plan for a Bank of Hamilton branch at Ouellette and Chatham Streets was proposed in 1920. The building was to be covered in stone along…