Reblogged from decoarchitecture
West Sixth Street Bridge, Racine, Wisconsin
from the Library of Congress
This Art Deco bridge dates to 1928. The sea creature face (left) reminds me of strange Mannerist stuff I’ve seen in England and Italy. More pics of the bridge over here.
From the LoC:
Building/structure dates: 1928 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1983 subsequent work
Significance: The West Sixth Street Bridge is a single open-spandrel, reinforced-concrete barrel-arch bridge. Its flush facade and Art Deco/Moderne style make it one of Wisconsin’s most unusual and architecturally significant concrete bridges. The majority of the terra cotta detailing remains intact. Charles S. Whitney (1892-1959), the principal engineer/architect on the project, was world renowned for his innovations in concrete construction. Whitney’s firm of Ammann & Whitney is known for its work on Dulles International Airport and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, as well as numerous highway and large bridge projects.
I’ve spent a lot of time going through the LoC’s photo archives, which make available the Historic American Buildings Survey / Historic American Engineering Record photos. I urge you to check them out yourself!