Essential Architecture-  Chicago Northeast

Cortland Street Drawbridge

architect

John Ernst Ericson

location

1440 W. Cortland St.

date

1902

style

Early Modern

construction

Steel

type

Chicago-type, leaf-lift (trunnion bascule) Bridge
 
 
   
This structure marked a major advancement in the design of movable bridges. The first of its kind completed in the United States, this Chicago-type, leaf-lift (trunnion bascule) bridge became an international model for structures spanning navigable waterways. It also established Chicago as the leader in this form of civil engineering.

links

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