16 May 2014

Building the GGB

Colorized and half fake (see the original)

Building the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the world's largest examples of the art deco style. The famous suspension bridge spans the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean.

Construction began on January 5 1933. The bridge-opening celebration began on May 27 1937 and lasted for one week. The day before vehicle traffic was allowed 200,000 people crossed by foot and roller skates.

A trestle reaches out from the San Francisco shore to the foundation of the north tower, 1933

Work progresses, 1934

Golden Gate Bridge towers

October 1935

Workers complete the catwalks for the Golden Gate Bridge, hundreds of feet above the strait below, prior to spinning the bridge cables during construction on October 25 1935

May 1936

Unfinished from Fort Scott

Road deck being suspended from cables, 1936

Nearing completion in 1937

Opening day: the Golden Gate Bridge was opened to pedestrians on May 27 1937

A pedestrian poses at the old railing on opening day

Very cool facts about the aesthetics of the GGB on my blog last July: Art deco in international orange

The Stranglers - Golden Brown

Golden Brown (Mariachi Version)

© Nathan Jones (here)