Historic But Infelicitous

That’s the Weaverland Bridge, carrying Quarry Road over Conestoga Creek near the village of Terre Hill, Pennsylvania. (HAER says it’s it’s the Conestoga Creek, my map says it’s the Conestoga River. I have no interest in the outcome of that argument.) It’s a concrete tied-arch bridge constructed in 1916, which makes it early for a …

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Weird Forms of Fame

The picture above shows a concrete industrial building in Hell’s Kitchen, from the pages of the Engineering Record in 1907. We know that building because we’ve been working on various pieces of it for about five years. When we work on a famous building, it’s no surprise to see it in the press, but we …

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The picture above, which I’ve tentatively titled “Fifty Shades of Beige,” shows the exposed underside of the floor structure in a small commercial building from the 1930s. The building has a steel frame, and since a steel frame does not provide by itself usable floors, it has a floor system spanning between the steel beams. …

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