Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Niagara Falls Then and Now: Buildings lost and found on Victoria Ave. (PART SIX)

below: 1911 - looking at the Niagara Falls, Ont., armoury, just after it was built. It stood on the south west corner of Victoria Ave. and Armoury St. (Armoury St. runs alongside the building at the right)
above: same view, Jul.29, 2009
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below: 1961 - the armoury undergoing a renovation

above: same view, July 29, 2009
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below: looking at the Hydro systems building on the south east corner of Victoria Ave. and Armoury St., date not known.

above: Aug.6, 2009, same view. This building, at 5034 Victoria Ave., was demolished during the period of Feb.16-25, 2012.
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below: Aug.29, 08 - looking at the Niagara Cumpir restaurant for sale, on the west side of Victoria Ave. just north of Simcoe St.

above: Sept. 2009
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below: Jul.20, 1946 - this photo looks in a north-westerly direction at the west side of Victoria Ave., while standing on the east side of Victoria Ave., just across the street where it intersects with Stamford St. The streetcar, car 80, is heading south along Victoria Ave. It has the Canadian National logo, when CN ran the electrified streetcars in Niagara Falls. Photo by John H. Humiston.

above: Sept. 2009 - same view - the house, seen at the centre-left, is the same one in both above shots. The streetcars are gone. The house at the centre-left was demolished in late Apr. 2012; the house seen at the far right was demolished in Aug.2011.
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below: looking at the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce offices when they were on the west side of Victoria Ave., just north of Kitchener St., ca. mid-1960's.
above: same view, Sept. 2009 - the building now houses a convenience store. By the spring of 2012, the retail space was vacant.
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below: Aug.15, 1958, looking at the Victoria Inn and Restaurant, which stood on the east side of Victoria Ave., just south of Eastwood Cres.

above: Sept. 2009 - same view, now the Jade Garden restaurant.
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below: Sept.23, 1948 - looking at the Economy Groceteria. Though no location is noted with the photo, I believe this storefront was at 830 Victoria Ave.

above: Sept.2009 - I believe that the left side of the bank building was where the groceteria once was. At one point, a Canadian Tire store (see another photo here) was in the building at the right; later, CT moved to the large building seen at the left; but before that, the building at the left was built for and occupied by a large Loblaws (see here). The brick wall now facing along Victoria Ave. was where once a row of plate glass windows looked into the Loblaw's store.
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below: though there is no date, nor location, given for this photo, I've tried to find where it might have been, and I think that this is looking in a north-westerly direction towards the intersection of Victoria Ave. and Jepson St. (which would be at the right side of the photo). There is some kind of work being done on the streetcar tracks running along what I believe to be Victoria Ave. - if the tracks are being slated for removal, then this might be 1948, as it was in this year, sadly, that Niagara Falls had its streetcar system torn out. The house in the centre is now gone; there is a 'new' dry-cleaning store there now; but it is the house seen at far right distance that seems to link the two below shots together.

above: This is likely the same house, on Jepson St., as seen at the far right in the previous shot. It seems to have had a 'newer' addition added at the right, facing along Victoria Ave., on what was once its front lawn. The house in the older shot seems to have the same columns, windows, and door, as seen at the same angle from the street.
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below: this an 1889 view looking east down Ferry St., taken from in front of the Stamford Townhall (out of frame at the right) which today is on the south-west corner of Ferry St. and Sylvia Place. Note the streetcar track down the middle of the mud street.

above: Aug.12, 2009 - the same view, looking down Ferry St. - the old Stamford Townhall (out of frame at the right) is now used as the Lundy's Lane Historical Museum; a corner of the museum sign is seen at the right.
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below: the Whirlpool Inn, date unknown.
below: Whirlpool Inn house, built by Andrew Rorback, was a popular tavern inn on the Portage Rd. Date not known.

above: Sept. 2009 - Whirlpool House is a private home now, still standing on the north-west corner of Portage Rd. and Church's Lane. A sign over the door reads "erected 1794". A classic.
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below: May 24, 1916 - looking along Victoria Ave., just east of Center St., right at the top of Clifton Hill, as the 176th Military Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force mobilize. Note streetcar tracks on Victoria Ave. Further to the right, out of frame, would have also been the railroad tracks of the old Erie and Ontario / Michigan Central. Also, just to the right , out of frame, was the Victoria Park train station!

above: Jul.30, 2009 - same view; the second and third buildings in from the corner are the same ones seen in both above photos.
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below: June, 1971- looking at the north side of Victoria Ave., west of Centre St., where the Michigan Central railroad tracks wyed off the mainline and headed north to the Nabisco plant.


above: Sept. 2009, same view - the angled wall of the store at the left is the same one seen by the tracks in the previous shot above; now stores have been built on the former right-of-way.
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Older photos in this study are from the Niagara Falls, Ont. Library Archives, recent photos by R. Bobak.
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See more of this series at Niagara Falls Then and Now, Buildings Lost and Found, PART SEVEN
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