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Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge, Toll Plaza & Service Building, 8801 South Anthony Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, IL



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Item Title
Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge, Toll Plaza & Service Building, 8801 South Anthony Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, IL

Location
8801 South Anthony Avenue, Chicago, IL

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER IL-145-A
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N647).
Building/structure dates: 1956 initial construction
Significance: The Chicago Skyway toll plaza is an important eastern gateway to the city. The roadway sits atop an administrative and maintenance building, a uniquely compact arrangement dictated by its urban site. In their International-style architectural expression and interior program, the toll plaza and service building reflect their designers' vision of a truly modern highway. This self-sufficient complex once included a police station as well. Other features, novel at the time of construction, included automatic toll collection, a heated-slab snow-melt system in the toll plaza, and salt hoppers filled from the roadway above.

Subjects
Rest Stops
Toll Plazas
Highway Maintenance & Repair


Related Names
Chicago Department Of Public Works
Consoer, Townsend & Associates
Egger Iron Company
Kenny Construction Company
Aurora Pump Company
Bell & Gossett
Spivey, Justin M., Historian
Lowe, Jet, Photographer


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. AERIAL VIEW, LOOKING NNW. NOTE SERVICE BUILDING RAMP ENTRANCE AT CENTER OF FRAME.
2. AERIAL VIEW, LOOKING SE.
3. AERIAL VIEW, LOOKING SOUTH.
4. APPROACH TO WESTBOUND TOLL BOOTHS, LOOKING NW.
5. CLOSE-UP VIEW OF WESTBOUND TOLL BOOTHS, LOOKING NORTH.
6. ANTHONY AVENUE ELEVATION OF SERVICE BUILDING BELOW TOLL PLAZA, LOOKING EAST.
7. EXTERIOR OF TOLL PLAZA OBSERVATION TOWER, LOOKING SE.
8. INTERIOR OF TOLL PLAZA OBSERVATION TOWER, LOOKING NORTH. ARTELUAR COOK, ACTING SUPERVISOR, IS AT THE HELM.
9. MAINTENANCE GARAGE BELOW TOLL PLAZA, LOOKING UP RAMP TO SE.
10. LOOKING SW DOWN UTILITY TUNNEL BENEATH EASTBOUND TOLL BOOTHS, SHOWING RAILS USED TO TRANSPORT COIN BOXES FROM ORIGINAL TOLL COLLECTION SYSTEM.
11. MECHANICAL ROOM BELOW GARAGE LEVEL OF TOLL PLAZA, LOOKING NORTH, SHOWING AURORA PUMPS AND BELL & GOSSETT HEATERS FOR ABANDONED SNOW-MELT SYSTEM.


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