Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | October 31, 2014

Artifact of the Week: Cornwall’s Colossus Restaurant


Plastic remnants of the sign for the Colossus Restaurant, on the southeast corner of Pitt and 2nd Streets from 1970 to 1992.  These fragments were brought into the museum by someone who saw them in a dumpster and thought that they should be preserved at the museum.  We don’t usually take items found in dumpsters, but this sign was such a defining feature of Pitt Street’s landscape during the 1970s through to 1992, that we gladly took it.  Many youngsters thought it was Cornwall’s primary “tourist attraction!”

The original owners were Mike Gerogiania, Minas Diakonis, John Alachouzos and Mike Mastrominas.


The sign in its full glory.  Dino Roussakis operated the restaurant, when it closed the spot was taken over by Ray and Clara Henstock for Towne Hall Pub.  When the Towne Hall closed, the site saw several other restaurants and some other equally odd works of art on the wall, until the corner was destroyed by fire in 2010.  It has since been converted into Cornwall’s poshest parking lot by Pommier Jewellers.

Update: Having been told of this blog post, on December 2, 2016 Mr. Minas Diakonis paid the Museum a visit – to have a look at his sign. He allowed us to scan a copy of this cherished card:

This and other historic Cornwall buildings are featured in the Cornwall Scrapbook available at the museum.  With only 50 of the books left and no plans to reprint, you are urged to visit the museum, which is open Wed. to Sunday 11 am to 4 pm until Dec. 15 if you want a copy.  Cost: $25.


I found the Cornwall Hit Parade while shifting through files this week.

Diary of A. J. McGillis, Glen Walter, continued

October 25, 1909  – Thanksgiving day we began to pick potatoes out back.

27th  – D. McGillis is helping to pick potatoes.

28th  – the first snow flurries and D. McGillis is helping to pick potatoes.

29th  – the ground froze hard last night to pick potatoes do picked apples   instead.

30th  – kept the man without feet all night said his name was Thompson.

31st    – snowed enough to cover the ground last night but melted away when the sun came out turned warmer.



  1. Good morning from Greece
    We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We want to thank you for the update on December 2 ,2016
    when my father visited Cornwall and of course your beautiful museum – very pleased and blessed to be able after so many years to have this chance and remember the good old days.

    Thank you & Greetings from Karpathos Greece

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