Lake Street Bridge Chicago


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Since its river bridges were so critical to Chicago life, by early February of 1872 the city had contracted to build nine new ones—at Clark, Van Buren, Halsted, Rush, Polk, Adams, State, and Wells streets, as well as at Chicago Avenue—and eight of these were completed or substantially completed between January and June. While a few contained wood, several were now constructed of iron and stone.

The current bridge was constructed in 1916 at a cost of $600,000, according to Peter Alter of the Chicago History Museum. Built by Ketler-Elliott and engineered by city staff, the 333-ft. the structure was rehabilitated in 1995.

The Artist Proof Photography Print is issued in a small edition. Artist Proofs are individually mastered and are designated with the letters A/P during the numbering process.

Art Size: 26″ x 18″
Framed Size: 30″ x 22″
Frame Style: Modern Black Wood
Matting: 1″ Smooth White
Cover: Non-Glare Acrylic
Backing: Foamcore

The outside measurements of the frame are 30 15/16″ x 22 15/15″, and 3/4″ deep.
The artwork is covered by 1/4″ on each side.

This is the fifth bridge in approximately 165 years at this river crossing, yet it has been in place for most of that time. The longevity of this bridge is a testament to the Chicago engineering team that developed and refined the Chicago-type bascule trunnion bridge and the CDOT team that operates and maintains them. Today, this workhorse carries about 4,000 pedestrians, 14,500 cars, 526 trains every day and is operated about 40 times each year for seasonal sailboat runs.


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