Yesterday and As we speak: A historic look down St. Paul Road

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This week we take a look down St. Paul Street, St. Catharines’ main street, as it looked about the time of the First World War, 1914 to 1918.


This week we have a look down St. Paul Road, St. Catharines’ foremost avenue, because it regarded in regards to the time of The First World Warfare, 1914 to 1918.

Instantly to our proper, on the nook of St. Paul and Backyard Park, we see the signal for Tim & Mac’s Billiard-Bowling parlour, a fondly remembered leisure centre for many years over the last century.

Parked in entrance of Tim & Mac’s we see a horse-drawn wagon, one final vestige of the age of the horse.

Additional down the road, on the correct, on the nook of St. Paul and James, the tall constructing was the headquarters of Financial institution of Nova Scotia. The very spectacular constructing, 4 storeys tall with a glazed terra cotta, neo-classical façade, was in-built 1907 and stood on that nook till the mid-Nineteen Sixties. A contemporary pink brick Scotiabank occupies that very same nook right this moment,

Within the distance, so far as we are able to see down St. Paul, the place it curves to the left at Helliwells Lane, we see an enormous industrial constructing that also stands right this moment. Constructed within the 1860s, for many of the twentieth century it was occupied by Bissonnette and Case, clothier. Many would additionally bear in mind one of many constructing’s longtime tenants — the legendary Diana Sweets restaurant.

An attention-grabbing constructing on the left aspect of the road is marked by three tall adornments — pinnacles — atop its two-storey façade. That constructing housed the previous St. Catharines Journal. St. Catharines’ first newspaper, based in 1826, it was a critical competitor to The Customary till it needed to declare chapter in 1920. The previous constructing nonetheless stands right this moment, although now shorn of its fancy roof-line ornamentation. It’s the constructing whose floor ground now has the Subway sub store as a tenant.

Nearer to us on the left, on the backside of James Road, stands a strong constructing, two storeys tall, its façade marked by 4 classical columns. It was in-built 1912 for the Sterling Financial institution (later Customary Financial institution of Canada). It has not housed a financial institution for a lot of a long time now. Throughout my time in St. Catharines I’ve recognized it as a jewellery retailer, later as the house of Espresso Tradition. Its present tenant is the Inexperienced Apple Espresso Home.

Instantly to our left, the constructing with the massive arched entrance was the Griffin’s Household Theatre, one in all two St. Paul Road theatres that then bore the Griffin identify. That constructing way back vanished from the scene. As we speak that very same web site is occupied by the northwest nook of FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

Yet one more element to notice — coming towards us down the centre of St. Paul Road we see the observe of the previous Niagara, St. Catharines & Toronto (N.S.&T.) avenue railway.

However word additionally the rail spur that heads off to the left from the primary line. It led over to the N.S.&T.’s foremost downtown terminal, which then stood subsequent to the Griffin theatre proper the place right this moment we discover the primary entrance to the performing arts centre.

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