A Little Bridge, Far From Home

That is the Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge near Oroville, California. It is apparently the oldest remaining suspension bridge in the American west and has travelled twice. The first time, before it was constructed, it took a very long journey; after it was decommissioned it moved a shorter distance. My thanks to Cory Rouillard for alerting …

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Recognition

Three projects that OSE worked on have won 2021 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards from the New York Landmarks Conservancy. That’s good news and, considering that the awards are given to the project as a whole, it’s good news for a lot of firms other than just us. Our congratulations to all, since successful completion …

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It Is, After All, An Island

The picture above, from August 16, 1908, is labelled “Race to Coney Island [life boats and swimmers, New York]”. There are two likely possibilities: one is that it is a race for both swimmers and rowboats and one group or the other or both is composed of lifeguards from Coney Island; the other, more likely, …

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A Preservation Masterclass

I probably should have put this up sooner, but here we are. On Tuesday, noon Greenwich Time, I’ll be delivering a virtual lecture – in UK-speak, a masterclass – for the Scottish Center for Conservation. The title is Conservation of “Unimportant” Buildings, and I’ll be discussing the intersection of historic preservation philosophy and ordinary buildings. …

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High Steel at Queensboro

No great insight with these pictures, but they’re fun to look at. Above, working on the roadway of the Queensboro Bridge in 1907. This angle emphasizes the “blacksmith’s shop” aspect of the bridge. Seen in profile, it’s not quite so overwhelming: But the highlight is this view, also 1907, of ironworkers on top of the …

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