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Baldwin Plaza Named After Former Governor

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If you come to downtown today, Baldwin Plaza has been torn up since May of 2012.  The big pile of debris, that was once Baldwin Plaza is going through a very slow process of renovation.  Very little action has taken place to this site. Even the handicapped parking was gone when I attended a concert at the Bijou last week! It has been was transformed into a pile of rubble from the original plaza that was unveiled in 1974.

The ceremony was held in the new plaza, with then mayor Nicholas Panuzzio giving former Governor Baldwin the keys to the city.  Also in attendance was Superior Court Judge Otto H. LaMacchia and Bridgeport Bar Association President C. David Munich.

Baldwin Plaza Dedication ceremony, October 10, 1974

Governor Baldwin was governor of Connecticut from 1939 to1941 and from 1943 to 1946.  Governor Baldwin, on the far left, was 81 years old at the time of this ceremony.  When working as a lawyer for Pullman Comley in 1924, Baldwin lived on Savoy Street in Bridgeport’s North End for a short time  He was a resident of  Stratford.

Raymond E Baldwin Sr.  died October 4, 1986.  He was buried in Middletown.

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