What will happen to this beautiful old hotel in Thunder Bay? It is for sale.

Here is the real estate description and the photograph they provide with the listing. No inside photos, which isn't a good sign. It may look like an angel of white on the outside but be a disaster on the inside. That would be a great shame.

Multi-res/Investment opportunity. 56 suites plus commercial space, converted Royal Edward Hotel. See attached brochure for details. Features paved vacant parking lot.

I found this while poking around on a real estate site. The bank was built in 1911. The location is Victoria Avenue East, Thunder Bay. It burned down in 2007, just the front of it left standing. They are selling it, hoping someone will build it onto something new. But, the chances don't look so good for that. Mainly, that entire area is old and deserted looking. In 1911 it must have been beautiful with architecture and bustling with people. Now, its all neglected and forgotten looking. Not likely someone will put in the money for a burned out bank in a forgotten area of a city in northern Ontario. But, it has its history.

This is the description from the real estate sales listing:

Own a piece of history! The old site of the CIBC bank, burnt down in 2007, and Designed by architect V.D. Horsbugh, the building, complete with its four massive terra cotta columns using clay imported from England, officially opened its doors on July 11, 1911. The terra cotta façade and four giant columns made it a landmark in the Victoriaville area and still stand today. The bank was constructed in 1910-11, boasts a Classical Revival style of architecture, with four massive columns framing a terra cotta façade. The façade would make a perfect front for a new office building - or a smaller building constructed further back with the façade as a fencing. Great lot in the heart of the southside business district - close to the new courthouse and city hall!

A view from the back of the building. You can see there just isn't anything left. A little on the sides, probably helping to hold the front face upright.

I noticed a ghost sign on a building across the street from the burned out ruins of the CIBC bank building in Thunder Bay. I had looked up the bank on Google Street View and noticed the area looked old and run down. It has seen better times I'm sure.

The building with the ghost sign has been known as the Roy Building at some time in its history. It may be empty now, I wasn't sure.

One more ghost sign, a little farther down the same street.

The S.S. Keewatin in Port McNicoll, Ontario. If you are looking for a local ghost tour you don't need to drive as far as Toronto. My sister-in-law's Father was a part of the group who keep this ship in good repair and run the tours and other public events around it. I haven't visited it yet so the photograph here is not my own. Photo Source: Older than the titanic with more ghosts & spirits than anywhere in the world - Barrie 360
Windsor Blight, on Flickr
Group Description This group is for all those photos of Windsor, Ontario that exhibit the current state of property in the city. Abandoned homes, brownfields, vacant stores, empty factories, etc. The current commercial vacancy rate in downtown Windsor is an astonishing 24%. The residential vacancy rate is the highest in the country, and has been rising since 2005. Businesses are closing left and right, and our leaders don't seem to understand the importance of a vibrant downtown. A lot can be said about this subject, but this group's purpose is to SHOW our leaders what is happening across our city. Add your photos of blight in Windsor, and hopefully we can illustrate to the powers that be that immediate action is needed.
I like the vintage postcards even better than the photographs. I collected postcards for years and the older cards were always my favourites, when I could find one. Likely that postcard collecting has stayed with me. Some of these buildings (if not all) are demolished. The waterfront image helps to show where they were.
This was the first house I photographed with a digital camera.  Both the house and the camera are gone now. I bought a new camera, but the house was irreplaceable. To me the old houses become stoic individuals, one of a kind, the longer they remain abandoned. Please don't vandalize, salvage, or take souvenirs. (I partially exempt garden plants because they are living things which can bloom again).