"United States Border Inspection Station, Jackman, Maine"
"United States Border Inspection Station, Jackman, Maine"
By William O. Armitage, architect

Drawn by R.K. Hetcher for General Services Administration, ca. 1963
Watercolor and graphite on paper
27" x 34 1/2"
National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Public Buildings Service

1960s Modern Federal Buildings: Border Inspection Station, Jackman, Maine
In the mid-to late-20th century, the proliferation of the automobile, improved highway conditions, increased personal mobility, and the growth of tourism made border crossings between the United States and Canada more frequent. The border inspection station at Jackman, Maine, was one of 48 stations designed and constructed along the boundary between the two countries during the early 1960s. The small, relatively simple structures to the left serve as the main inspection and immigration station. They are of masonry construction with brick veneer which gave a stucco-like appearance. The structure to the right was a garage and warehouse. Designed by William O. Armitage, the station is a good example of modern, minimalist architecture that formed a highly visable landmark. The inspection station continues in use by the U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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