Don Friedman

Kids, Don’t Try This At Home

I first learned about the growth of the Tribune Buiding on Park Row reading Thomas A. P. van Leeuwen’s book The Skyward Trend of Thought. The fact that the book’s subtitle is “The Metaphysics of the American Skyscraper” tells you that it’s a polemic rather than a more straightforward history, which is fine. A lot …

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The Slender Approach

Here’s the best contrast I could find to the heavy bridge at Pearl, Illinois, I talked about recently. That’s the 1889 Smith Avenue High Bridge across the Mississippi River between St. Paul and West St. Paul, Minnesota. That 1905 picture does not give a good sense of the bridge overall – it had 28 spans …

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Inherently Limited But Pretty

That lovely bridge has the lovely name “Strawberry Mansion Bridge,” after a historic house nearby. The bridge spans the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, at Fairmont Park; the mansion is within the modern park. The bridge is a steel deck-arch, where the traffic passes entirely over the arches. This is a modern interpretation of the type …

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