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Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda

 
 
Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 10, 2017
1. Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda Marker
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This tourist kiosk was erected in 1909 to promote Port Arthur's social and economic merits to visitors and investors. Its eye-catching architecture and strategic location reflect civic boosterism and the city's rivalry with nearby Fort William decades before the two amalgamated to create Thunder Bay. This eclectic but carefully conceived structure combines a striking pagoda-shaped roof topped by a domed cupola, classically inspired pilasters flanking the entrance, and a patriotic beaver-and-maple-leaf motif over the door. Local architect H. Russell Halton's cheery design still attracts the attention of visitors today.

Ce pavillon a été bâti pour vanter les attraits sociaux et économiques de Fort Arthur auprès des visiteurs et des investisseurs. Son allure accrocheuse et son emplacement stratégique rappellent la promotion agressive des villes à l'epoque et la rivalité entre Port Arthur et sa voisine, Fort William, bien avant leur fusion pour créer Thunder Bay. Conçu avec soin, ce bâtiment éclectique marie un toit en pagode surmonté d'une coupole et une entrée ornée de pilastres classiques, d'un castor et de feuilles d'erable. Toute en gaieté, la conception de H. Russell Halton, un architecte local, attire toujours le regard de nos jours.
 
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Wideview of Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 10, 2017
2. Wideview of Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda Marker
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Location. 48° 26.068′ N, 89° 13.084′ W. Marker is in Thunder Bay, Ontario, in Thunder Bay District. Marker is at the intersection of Red River Road and N Water Street, on the right when traveling west on Red River Road. Touch for map. Marker is to the right of the entrance of the Tourist Pagoda. Marker is at or near this postal address: 198 Red River Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 1A4, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sir William C. Van Horne (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); Connaught Square (approx. half a kilometer away); The Reverend Richard Baxter, S.J., 1821-1904 (approx. half a kilometer away); C.D. Howe (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Col. Elizabeth Smellie 1884-1968 (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Simon James Dawson (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); Cummins Site (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); Lakehead University (approx. 3.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thunder Bay.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia - Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda. (Submitted on August 15, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
 
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<i>The "Pagode", Tourist Information Centre, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada</i> image. Click for full size.
Photo by Ettinger, postcard publisher unknown, circa 1968
3. The "Pagode", Tourist Information Centre, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 15, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.   3. submitted on August 20, 2017.
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