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Foxley: 1910

Foxley: 1910

Circa 1910. "St. Mary's Church and Ambery house ('Foxley'), Walkerville, Ontario." In the foreground, holders for the photographer's glass plates. "Foxley," designed by Detroit architect Albert Kahn, was the residence of Clayton J. Ambery, an executive of the Hiram Walker distillery. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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I live about 30 miles from Windsor/Walkerville. That area around Willistead Park has many lovely heritage homes including Martin Mansion built by rumrunner Harry Low and later owned by Paul Martin, Prime Minister of Canada
Take a drive through there on Google maps, one of the nicest areas of Windsor.

He "Still Remains" in the neighborhood

1915 obituary

Meant to last!

Some of those old camera equipment cases are sturdy.

I took the dividers out of an old Graflex hardshell-yellow aluminum-framed lens box in the early '70s and began using it for hauling loose guitar pedals.

Ugly and heavy, but built like a tank. Just like its owner.

And that's the case here

So now we know what a carrying case for 8x10 glass plates looks like.

Still there, still nice

The address is 811 Devonshire Road, Windsor, Ontario. Albert Kahn kept busy, mostly with big industrial projects. But he also designed the Hiram Walker offices in Windsor. From what I can find, his residential architecture was usually some adaptation of English Tudor, a style that ages well.

Both Still There

Both St. Mary's and Foxley are still there. More history here:

Up the Walker ladder

        Clayton J. Ambery was private secretary to William Robins of Hiram Walker & Sons when his house was built. He died at an early age, and the property was acquired by a former office boy, William Isaacs, in 1915. By that time, Isaacs had become Assistant Treasurer of the firm and, shortly thereafter, a director.

        National attention focused on Walkerville in 1910 when Foxley was featured in The American Architect & Building News.

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