Thursday, February 4, 2010

Dearborn Street Bridge

Built: 1963
Stephen Michuda, engineer

Dearborn has the distinction of being the location of the first moveable bridge in Chicago, built in 1834.  This bridge is the fourth incarnation and it's faced with polished granite with stainless steel mullions.  In 1963 this received an award of merit by the American Institute of Steel Construction.  Maybe for using plenty of steel?  You can see the edge of Marina City to the right, which was being constructed at about the same time.
Today is the meeting of the Permit Review Committee of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.  For this first time in months I have no projects to present.  This means next month I'll have half a dozen, so I'm trying to appreciate the moment.

1 comment:

  1. The current Dearborn Bridge probably took longer to build than any other bridge in Chicago. There were all sorts of problems with the construction.