Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | January 6, 2018

Changes to Pitt Street North – pt 1

For those who tend to think that little ever changes in Cornwall, let’s ponder this…

Just looking at the section of Pitt Street from 11th Street to Emma/Balmoral, can you guess have many properties have experienced changes in occupancy since the 1990s?

HopesHope’s Garage on the n.w. corner of Pitt and 11th St W. has witnessed a few businesses come and go. Recently a chiropractic office renovated the building and relocated there.

1164 Pitt_1989-09_webMoving north along Pitt Street, in September of 1989 this craft shop occupied the main level of this building at 1164 Pitt Street. Subsequently a ceramics shop moved in and the siding is now grey. The plate glass window has been replaced with a lovely six light bay window.

1170 Pitt_1989_webThat same year, 1170 Pitt was home to a laundromat. The building was completely transformed and later housed a finance company and a computer store.

1180 Pitt_1989-09_webNext door at 1180 Pitt Street the car wash was rebranded and its lot has also doubled for flower sales as well as automobile sales.

1274 Pitt_1989-09_webContinuing north, the strip mall at 1274 Pitt Street has experienced a complete turnover of its tenants. The computer shop was replaced by a diner. A nail studio replaced the pharmacy. A vape shop and tattoo parlor occupy the other store fronts.

1307 Pitt_1989-09_webThe service station on the n.w. corner of Pitt and 13th St. W. has been replaced by an automated car and wash and pet wash, operated by the same owner. The house was sold to Jeff Wheeler and relocated.

DQ Cr_PLAcross the street, the seasonal Dairy Queen at 1307 Pitt Street was replaced by a larger, year round eat-in store.

1331 Pitt_1989-09_webThe strip mall at 1325-1331 Pitt Street has also experienced a considerable turnover. Now known as the Pitt Street Plaza, the building is home to a walk-in clinic, connected pharmacy, as well as a florist/gift shop.

1328 Pitt_1989-09_webIn 2018 the north branch of the Bank of Montreal at 1328 Pitt faded into history with the two Cornwall branches consolidating at a new site. A hearing aid centre is scheduled to open there soon.

1415_1417 Pitt_1989-09_web1415 Pitt was renumbered as 1418 Pitt and is still home to Rainbow Music, but the appearance has been altered somewhat. 1417 Pitt Street was renumbered as 1420 Pitt and has been home to several eateries (Bill’s Lunch, Wimpy’s Diner, Aldo’s Pizzeria and Pit Stop as pictured above) and has reverted to a residence. Apartments A, B and C are located on the top floor. The addresses have been altered to align with the numbering system on the rest of the street. The former Cornwall Township section of the street north of Ninth Street was previously called St. Andrew’s Road.

The SD&G Historical Society colour photographs on this page were taken in September of 1989; the black and white photo is from 1953 and was shared on social media as was the DQ image.

Please see the second part of this article on the evolution of Pitt Street north, located at this LINK.


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