Masonry

Transitional Structure

That’s the Taft Bridge, AKA the Connecticut Avenue Bridge in northwest Washington, carrying the avenue over Rock Creek. It’s an impressive structure by any standard, over 1300 feet long and with its deck about 130 feet above the creek at the bottom of a steep valley. It’s a spectacular location, with the gorge and Rock …

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Coatesville High Bridge – Time Ran Backwards

The photo above is the High Bridge in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, and it’s an oddity in at least two ways. It’s the only stone arch viaduct among the high bridges I’m looking at, and that’s part of the oddity, but not all. The bridge is on the old main line of the Pennsylvania Railroad (Coatesville is …

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Paper Thin, From A Distance

That’s the back (east) side of the Con Ed building on east 14th Street. (One of the many arguments between Boston and New York that will never be settled to anyone’s satisfaction: their utility company was long ago named Commonwealth Edison, after the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, ours was long ago named Consolidated Edison after the …

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Hybrids

I participated this fall in the Skyscraper Museum’s “Fall Semester” lecture series. This was a series of virtual lectures and virtual discussion planned so that the museum could keep programming going while physically closed because of the Covid pandemic. The fact that I was doing this just as The Structure of Skyscrapers was released is …

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Less Than It Seems

I didn’t intend to take that picture on a pseudo-artistic slant, but it’s more trouble than it’s worth to straighten it out. The old buildings on the right are pretty much plumb in reality. Also, the picture isn’t reversed – the Stone Street Tavern has this sign painted backwards because this facade, on Pearl Street, …

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