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Demolition Starts At Former Danny’s Tavern On Riverside Drive

Monday December 2nd, 2013, 11:28am


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Danny’s being demolished as seen on Friday November 29th

Demolition has started at the site of the former Danny’s Tavern on Riverside Drive.

The John Davis House – the heritage name given to the property – was built in 1890 as a two-and-one-half-story brick house in the “Italianate Revival” style.

The original building is associated with former Mayor John Davis and is the only building remaining from when Moy Hall was an active trading enterprise and farm, according to a demolition report.

Mayor Davis was elected five times from 1897 to 1901. Davis’ wife was a relative of one of Windsor’s original settling families for whom such history items as the Duff-Baby House in Sandwich and the Francois Baby House (Windsor’s Community Museum) are named.

Many additions had extended the building over the years in all directions except the southwest corner.

The building once served as the “Scrivens Hotel” in 1937 and in 1940 became the “Bellevue Hotel” — a popular Walkerville-area social venue. In 1982 it became Danny’s, a club featuring nude male dancers. Danny’s relocated to Downtown Windsor a number of years ago and the property has only been used for an event in the meantime.

Demolition started Friday at the building at 1271 Riverside Drive East (at Hall). Workers started by removing bricks from the structure. It’s anticipated it will take a few weeks for the site to be fully demolished and cleaned up.

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