Tag: Suspension Bridges

  • Rachel Carson Bridge

    Rachel Carson Bridge, Pittsburgh
    Fujifilm FinePix HS10.

    The Rachel Carson or Ninth Street Bridge, Pittsburgh, seen from six floors up on Liberty Avenue.

  • Rachel Carson Bridge

    Rachel Carson Bridge

    The Ninth Street Bridge, now named for our world-changing naturalist Rachel Carson, is the third of the Three Sisters going by street numbers, but it was the first to be built. Here we see it during the recent Three Rivers Arts Festival, when the artists’ market spilled outward across its entire length.

    Fujifilm FinePix HS10.

    It is old Pa Pitt’s belief that every work of architecture or engineering ought to bear a permanent record of all the information a future historian will want.

  • Roberto Clemente Bridge

    Roberto Clemente Bridge
    Composite of four photographs.

    The Three Sisters bridges—Sixth Street, Seventh Street, and Ninth Street—were built between 1925 and 1928 after the War Department determined that the existing bridges over the Allegheny were too low and impeded navigation. As engineering feats they are technically interesting: they had to be made self-anchoring to avoid tearing out huge chunks of valuable property downtown. As architecture they are memorable, and not just because this is the only place in the world where you can see three identical suspension bridges side by side. The Sixth Street Bridge, now named for Pirates star and philanthropist Roberto Clemente, was the most beautiful steel bridge built in America in 1928.

    Sixth Street Bridge

    On baseball days the bridge is closed to motor vehicles, which allows a gentleman in a powdered wig to stand right in the middle of it with his Kodak.

    Sixth Street Bridge plaque

    The architect was Stanley Roush, the king of public works in Pittsburgh at the time. You may think Father Pitt was being a bit hyperbolic in calling this the most beautiful steel bridge of 1928, but he was merely reading off its credentials.

    American Institute of Steel Construction—Annual Award of Merit—Most Beautiful Steel Bridge—1928
    Kodak EasyShare Z981.
  • Rachel Carson Bridge

    Ninth Street Bridge, Pittsburgh

    The Ninth Street or Rachel Carson Bridge: above, from the Downtown end; below, from the end of the Seventh Street or Andy Warhol Bridge.

    Rachel Carson Bridge
  • Seventh Street Bridge

  • Seventh Street Bridge

  • Tenth Street Bridge

    Seen from the South Side Slopes.

  • Sixth Street Bridge in Early-Morning Sun

    The Roberto Clemente or Sixth Street Bridge is bathed in early-morning sunshine, as seen from the dimness of still-unilluminated Sixth Street downtown.