26
Jun
09

Michigan Avenue Bridge Tower

333. Tower

333. Tower

In the early 1900s a few of the city planners in Chicago thought it would be advantageous to connect North Michigan Avenue with South Michigan Avenue via a bridge across the Chicago River. It took three years (1917-20) to complete the project, but they didn’t simply create a bridge, they created an architectural masterpiece.

Evidently this bridge is an engineering wonder, but my reference on the Michigan Avenue Bridge described it in engineering terminology and I cannot begin to explain why it is such a feat. I did come away with one fact I find impressive though. Evidently the bridge, a double-decker affair, is so well balanced it only takes two 108-horsepower motors to open and close each 3,750-ton extension. That is efficient! I motor across the lake in a fishing boat that has a bigger engine!

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4 Responses to “Michigan Avenue Bridge Tower”


  1. June 27, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Wonderful shot of an impressive bridge. i hope you had time to take a tour on the river with the CAF.

  2. 2 tmcchesney
    June 28, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Wow, this is absolutely a stunning tower! Great bridge and wonderful artistry!!

  3. June 29, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    That is indeed a masterpiece.

  4. 4 Gandalf
    June 30, 2009 at 6:46 am

    Different time and different attention to detail. I enjoy the old buildings.


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