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Blue Water Bridge Plaza, 410 Elmwood Street, Port Huron, St. Clair County, MI

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Significance: The bridge and plaza were completed in 1938. They are reflections of Depression-era engineering and architecture. The plaza was designed and built by George L. Harvey and Norman B. Forbes. The building style, Art Moderne, with its streamlined effect of the smooth concrete surface, the rounded corners and the horizontal banding expressed a feeling of modernity sought by Depression-era designers. The plaza has been in continuous use since completion. The vehicle inspection shelters were constructed in 1955, the same year a fifth toll booth was added. Alteration to the plaza have been made through the years under a continuing maintenance and improvement program. These alterations include roof line changes to the booths, full enclosure of the booths, lighting and equipment changes, and resurfacing of the plaza deck. The significance of the Customs/Toll Plaza lies in its architectural style and its transportation association with the bridge.
Survey number: HAER MI-16
Building/structure dates: 1937-1938 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1948 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1953 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1954 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1955 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1957 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1960 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1964 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1976-1977 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1979 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1980 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1982 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1983 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1981 Subsequent Work

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Date

1969 - 1980
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Contributors

Historic American Engineering Record, creator
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Location

Port Huron43.00068, -82.42477
Google Map of 43.0006772, -82.4247705
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Library of Congress
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No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted. http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/114_habs.html

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