Posted by: Media Manager | August 18, 2017

Before Time … Square

Time Sq_1961-01_B_webIn this 1961 Marcel Quenneville photograph we see the newly-opened Loblaws Groceteria which had joined the Woolworth’s Store in relocating to 114 Second Street West (Time Square now).

‘Why is it called Time Square?’ you may ask. Great question. In 1987 William and Tom Wise along with Jack McGaughey, who had invested more than a million dollars to transform the former Loblaws/Woolworth structure into a modern office complex,  hoped to revamp the 25 foot former Post Office clock and install it in a tower on that site along with a suitable bell. The Downtown BIA manager, Bill Galant, hoped to unveil it on New Year’s Eve in the presence of the mayor of New York City during a New York City style Times Square celebration. Thus the name Time Square. Ultimately the clock tower project unfolded at the foot of Pitt Street.

Loblaws_Pitt St_1962-03-09_B_CRLoblaws had made the move from this older store at 126-128 Pitt Street, which was then flanked by Peter Solway’s Mayfair Shoppe (118-120) and Reitman’s Ladies’ Wear (130). Today those three locations are occupied by Spinner’s Diner, Jack Lee’s Restaurant and, until recently, Much Ts. Continuing north were other historic Cornwall businesses: Laniel Jeweller, Nyman’s Shoes, Tamblyn’s Drugs, People’s (opened April 5, 1960), Zellers, Leslie’s ladies wear, Metropolitan (earlier Woolworth) and Fullerton Drugs.

scan0057This grand structure was Dr. J.J. Dickinson’s residence and the United Counties Health Unit. It stood where Time Square is situated now, across from Trinity Church. The house was built in 1898 as the Mulhern residence, and served as the U.S. Consulate by 1905. The house was demolished in March of 1958.

OPP Dist HQ_webThis 1959 photo taken by retired O.P.P. Sgt Earl Bowes, shows the view from Loblaws east parking lot. The Ontario Provincial Police No. 11 District Headquarters occupied the brick building at 135 Augustus Street. Today (2017), on that postage stamp lot, the former O.P.P. HQ is used as an apartment building and medical office. A few premises to the south can be seen a sign for Riddell’s House & Auto Painting at their 127 Augustus Street former family residence.

scan0040In June of 1965, the small house at 131 Augustus was converted to become Cornwall’s first Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet. 131 no longer stands, but is a parking lot for the commercial premises further south at 127. All that remains is the sign pole.

aerial_1970-09_LoblawsAdjacent to Loblaws’ Second Street location was the Dominion store at 120/130 Augustus Street as seen in this 1970 Quenneville aerial crop.

Dominion StoreThis Filion family photo gives a glimpse of Dominion’s interior.

1957-05-19_Inspection_0001 DFCr_LTPFilionGuardOfcr_WMAlso from the Filion family photo collection is this photo of the Sea Cadet Corps parading in the Dominion store parking lot. Across Augustus Street, the small house at 131 and the row houses further south no longer stand.

Aerial_1976-08-02_120 Augustus St_webThis 1976 aerial photo shows the evolution of the 40 (Augustus Court) and later 120 (Sunset Towers) Augustus Street Cornwall Housing apartments. The 120 Augustus apartments stand on the site of the former Dominion Store.

These are but a sampling of the thousands of photographs preserved in the SD&G Historical Society Archives at your Cornwall Community Museum.

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