▶ The Division Street Bridge: See it While You Can


One of Chicago’s oldest bridges will soon become a memory.

As we reported earlier this year, the eastern Division Street Bridge is going to be torn down and replaced with a newer, and admittedly better, bridge.  But that doesn’t mean the old bridge doesn’t deserve some appreciation.

It was built over a hundred years ago and its design was considered revolutionary at the time.  As Chicago Architecture Blog contributor Patrick McBriarty describes it:

This first-generation Chicago-type bascule bridge, built in 1903, is slated for reemoval and replacemnet with a new four-lane fixed bridge by the Chicago Department of Transportation in 2014.  This bridge most closely resembles the initial designs [that] City of Chicago engineers developed around the turns of the last century.  It was the second Chicago-type drawbridge in the world to be completed.

Patrick made this video of the bridge as it stands now for posterity, showing many of its unique features.

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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