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1933 Group of 3 Large Blueprints, Including Elevations, Sections and Details, of the Triborough Bridge connecting the Boroughs of Manhattan, Queens and Bronx in the City of New York - Project Completed by Robert Moses.
New York City, New York Triborough Bridge Authority 1933 3 blueprints include: (1) 125th Street (Manhattan) approach, with South Elevation of Approach & the Viaduct between the Pylon & Lift Bridge and with 5 additional smaller elevations at various sections and a nice overall view of the bridge, with roadway detail plans; (2) The Bronx Approach, with wonderful details of the piers for the structures, and indicating the 'Future lift spans to be built if and when ship canal is constructed', the side elevations beautifully drawn and with great detail; (3) Bronx to Randall's Island Viaduct, with various long elevations showing details and plans, approaches between pylons, street plans and a meticulous elevation showing the Bronx Kills area with a superimposed view of the proposed lifts above the viaduct; Henry H. Koch is noted as the registered architect and Arthur I. Perry the designing engineer; each approx. 27" x 40" size; light wear, old fold lines, one has a few pencil marks on back and all marked 'superseded' on backs, one with a few pencil alterations to some of the decorative work on the piers; all in very good condition and excellent New York City civil engineering history ephemera; the plans for this inter-borough bridging system were begun in 1916 - due to World War I and the onset of the Great Depression, the project was delayed until it was enthusiastically taken on as one of the many public works completed by Robert Moses (1888-1981) N.Y. public official - the section of his biography in the DAB that concerns the Triborough Bridge states that "...On many of these projects Moses installed tollbooths and used the resultant revenues to fund subsequent initiatives. The biggest such revenue generator, the keystone of the entire network, was the Triborough Bridge (1936). The Triborough became the cash cow of Moses' rapidly expanding construction empire. Toll revenues from the Triborough Bridge Authority and the many other bridge and parkway authorities that he chaired and controlled enabled Moses to continue his building binge long after he had exhausted the park funding and long after the expiration of the New Deal work programs…The Triborough Bridge itself was also conceived, initiated, and approved by others, but construction had halted at the onset of the Great Depression, only to be rescued later by Moses' opportunistic administrative and resource gathering skills..." and finally noting "...Despite his frequent and outspoken disdain for urban planners, Moses was one of the most influential figures involved in the planning and construction of urban infrastructure in the twentieth century...widely regarded as the individual most responsible for the shaping of modern New York City. This was a result of his remarkable ability to gather power, to take advantage of ever changing funding streams, and to cut through bureaucratic red tape to complete public works projects that others could only imagine." (Owen D. Gutfreund in the DAB) Very Good
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