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Bay Bridge Construction Sketches 1935

by Joel Pomerantz

September 12th, 2013

I found this rare and out of print book of sketches by William Woollett from 1935. It includes a handful from the original construction of the Bay Bridge East Span. Since we’re celebrating an almost wondrous new structure there, I thought I’d make these available to everyone.

I don’t know how to use WordPress light box. So just click twice on each picture to see the enlarged version. Then use your browser’s back button to get to the next picture. Bad. Easier: They’re all together on my Flickr page.

William Woollett also did a book of sketches of Hoover Dam. The 1989 Capra Press (Santa Barbara) book that these sketches appeared in also includes the Golden Gate Bridge, San Diego sketches, Los Angles sketches, other San Francisco sketches,  Hoover Dam, aqueducts, canals, missions and transmission lines. I guess he was into infrastructure.

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Bay Bridge View from Oakland text

View from Oakland

View from Oakland

 

Bay Bridge First Tower/Yerba Buena text

Rock and Gravel

Rock and Gravel

 

Bay Bridge First Tower/Yerba Buena text

Four Towers

Four Towers

 

Bay Bridge First Tower/Yerba Buena text

First Tower/Yerba Buena

First Tower/Yerba Buena

 

Bay Bridge First Pier text

First Pier

First Pier

 

Bay Bridge Tunnel/Yerba Buena text

Tunnel/Yerba Buena

Tunnel/Yerba Buena

 

Bay Bridge Anchorage

Anchorage

Anchorage

 

Bay Bridge Second Bridge Tower text

Second Bridge Tower

Second Bridge Tower

 

Bay Bridge Bridge Towers text

Bridge Towers

Bridge Towers

 

Bay Bridge Steel Section text

Steel Section

Steel Section

 

Bay Bridge Cantilevered Section text

Cantilevered Section

 

Scow and Bridge Support text

Scow and Bridge Support

Scow and Bridge Support

 

Here’s what William Woollett looked like:

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One Comment to “Bay Bridge Construction Sketches 1935”

  1. Hans says:

    Thank you Joel. Great document!

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