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|Architect||John Augustus Roebling||
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|Location||Brooklyn, New York, New York map|
|Date||1869 to 1883 timeline|
|Building Type||suspension bridge|
|Construction System||steel cable, stone masonry piers|
|Style||Gothic piers, functionalist cables and bridge deck|
|Notes||completed by son, Washington Augustus Roebling.|
|Discussion||Brooklyn Bridge Commentary
"...it is Roebling's 1840 patent for the in-situ spinning of wire rope that has to be recognized as one of the decisive breakthroughs in modern suspension bridge technology. This patent brought John Roebling a commission to build a cable-suspended, wooden aqueduct over the Allegheny River in 1845. Roebling built a number of such aqueducts before receiving two major bridge commissions in his mid-career: his 821-foot-span Niagara rail bridge of 1841-55 and his 1,000-foot span Cincinnati Bridge of 1856-67; both of which were prototypes for the 1,600 foot Brooklyn Bridge, whose construction ran through two generations of Roeblings between 1869 and its completion in 1883. The twin masonry support towers of this vast span necessitated the building of foundations 78 feet below the water level...
Kenneth Frampton and Yukio Futagawa. . p31.
Length of river span: 1595.5 feet
Source: , 1991, p616. ISBN 0393304868.
Sources on Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Museum. The Great East River Bridge 1883-1983. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1983. TG25.N53G68 1983. ISBN 0-8109-0982-0. LC 83-2593. drawing of tower elevation, p38. drawing of elevation, p52-53.
Ken Burns, director. The Brooklyn Bridge. PBS Home Video, 1982. VHS-NTSC format video tape. ISBN 6304048653. Video - Available at Amazon.com
Howard Davis. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1702.040. PCD.2260.1012.1702.039. PCD.2260.1012.1702.041
Elizabeth Mann, Alan Witschonke (Illustrator). The Brooklyn Bridge : A Wonders of the World Book. Mikaya Press, October 1996. ISBN 0-9650-4930-2. Reading level: Ages 9-12. A highly regarded children's book, 48 pages, highly illustrated. Available at Amazon.com
David McCullough. The Great Bridge : The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Simon & Schuster, January 1983. ISBN 0-6714-5711-X. A great historical tale of epic engineering by the noted (and best-selling) historian. Available at Amazon.com
Toshino Nakamura, ed. "New York Art Deco Skyscrapers", A+U Extra Edition. April 1987. p5. color perspective drawing, p7.
Leland M. Roth. A Concise History of American Architecture. New York: Harper and Row, Publishers, 1979. ISBN 0-06-430086-2. NA705.R67 1979. discussion, p160, exterior photo, f141, p161.
Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.
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