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The Crown Livery

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Was out a few weeks back and came across this old abandoned building in a back alley of London Ontario. Due to its location and style, I thought it to be either an old livery or blacksmith. Turns out after a bit of digging I was correct, it was an old abandoned livery. A livery was at its basics or horse stable in towns and cities to board horses back before cars. For the most part they were located near Hotels for travellers to board their horse and buggy. They quickly started to disappeared around 1910 with the introduction of the auto-mobile. Most were torn down as they tended to be smelly and full of vermin, however there are still some that exist that are abandoned or have been re-purposed..

This particular livery in down town London was called the Crown Livery and was opened by Charles Lilley after he retired from politics and as Postmaster of East London. It mostly serviced patrons of the Crown Hotel. This old livery has beautiful architecture and hopefully one day gets a new lease on life.

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The location of this old abandoned livery can be found on our abandoned places in Ontario page.

 

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Abandoned Post Office / Customs House in Niagara Falls Ontario

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This old beautiful abandoned building in Niagara falls was originally called the Dominion Public Building and was owned by the Government of Canada. Over the years it has also been known as “The Palace” and “The Stone Jug” but mainly today it is known as the old post office or the old police station. Built in 1885 for a cost of $30,000 it served originally as a post office (1885 – 1930) and customs house (1885 – 1952 second floor) and as a police station from 1952 to 1976. A furnace explosion in 1927 caused extensive damage and the post office was moved at this point. After repairs were made it operated solely as a customs house. The city purchased the old customs house and in 1952 converted it to a new police station that same year Marilyn Monroe filmed scenes for the movie Niagara in front and inside the old historic building. A fire in the late 70’s heavily damaged the inside of this old abandoned building in Niagara Falls and left it unusable. The old jail cells still remain inside. It is said a dark shadowy figure haunts this place and many claim to see him roaming the property. The building was designated a heritage property and there have been plans for the last few years to restore it, but to date it still lays abandoned and deteriorating.

The location of this old abandoned post office / customs house in Niagara Falls can be found on our abandoned places map.

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Abandoned Machine Shop Bervie Ontario

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I came across this old and really decrepit building in the small community of bervie a few weeks back. There is a old rusted sign on the building that says Dore Machine Shop however I am guessing that the machine shop was later on in this buildings history. I did some research and could not track down an age of the building or what its original purpose was, however if I had to guess I would say it originally was a blacksmith shop or even a carriage maker due to the architecture of the building. Now I have seen many old liveries (stable) with similar styling, but for the most part liveries were found in cities and near hotels for guests to stable their horses.

This old run down derelict building is very beautiful and has so much heritage and charm, It would be wonderful if someone rescued it from its inevitable fate and did a full restoration, its pretty far gone and the reality is most likely will be torn down once it is deemed a hazard. You can find the location of this old abandoned blacksmith shop located in Bervie Ontario on our Abandoned Places in Ontario Map.

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