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Selfridge Field, Building Nos. 237 & 238, 237 & 238 George Avenue: Harrison Township, Mt. Clemens, Macomb County, MI



B&W Photos

HB661387
BWPhotos 196351

HB661388
BWPhotos 196352

HB661389
BWPhotos 196353

HB661390
BWPhotos 196354

HB661391
BWPhotos 196355

HB661392
BWPhotos 196356

HB661393
BWPhotos 196357


Item Title
BWPhotos 196357

Location
237 & 238 George Avenue: Harrison Township, Mt. Clemens vicinity, MI

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MI-116-N
Building/structure dates: 1927 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1965 subsequent work
Significance: These buildings are representative of the Georgian Revival architecture present through the cantonment area, with simple porches and restrained details such as corbelling, window hoods and returns. They are the first residential housing on base built from standard plans and all played a central role in the lives of non-commissioned personnel stationed at the base. They also are excellent examples of the architectural expression that defined the character of the Cantonment area of the base, a style flourishing in the United States at the nation's Sesquicentennial and inspired by Rockefeller's Williamsburg re-creation. The architectural and functional "core" of Selfridge, the original base, constructed prior to World War II, presents a virtually unique resource in Michigan. Few airfields that were exclusively military in genesis were built in the state and Selfridge is the oldest and best preserved example of its type. The concentration of brick structures built in the cantonment area of the base from the mid-1920s into the early 1930s form a cohesive assemblage.

Related Names
A.M. Kutsche & Company
Benton, Robert, Photographer
Rutter, William E., Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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