Essential Architecture-  Chicago Loop North

Michigan Avenue Bridge and Esplanade

architect

Architect: Edward Bennett and Hugh Young; Thomas Pihlfeldt and Hugh Young, engineers

location

Chicago River, between Michigan and Wabash

date

Bridge and bridge house, 1920; Esplanade, 1926

style

Stripped Classical

construction

stone cladding, steel

type

Bridge
 
   
Conceived as part of Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago, the bridge and upper-level Wacker Drive were designed to improve transportation and to enhance Chicago's riverfront. The completion of the bridge, followed by the Wacker Drive esplanade (1926) and the monumental sculptures (1928), provided an impressive gateway to North Michigan Avenue and led to its development as one of the city's premier thoroughfares.

links

With special thanks to the City of Chicago website, www.egov.cityofchicago.org , for much of the info on this page.
Photos copyright City of Chicago.
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