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Joseph Strauss' concept for the Golden Gate Bridge included an extravagantly designed approach and toll plaza. Initial designs revealed a dramatic neo-classical grand arcade and triumphal arch. Irving Morrow, the bridge's designer, was contracted by Strauss to design the toll plaza and related structures. In the end, the toll plaza, like the bridge, was rescued from both ornamental excess and industrial anonymity by an elegantly simple Art Deco design. Architectural renderer and artist Chesley Bonestell created numerous works to promote the design and construction of the bridge. Dozens of proposals were developed and drafted before the existing ones were selected.

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