Passerelle in Lincoln Park, Spanning North Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Route 41) on, Chicago, Cook County, IL
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Spanning North Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Route 41) on, Chicago, IL
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER IL-155
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N648).
Building/structure dates: 1939 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1991 subsequent work
Significance: This pedestrian bridge, or passerelle, is the only one spanning North Lake Shore Drive, a major commuter route through Chicago's Lincoln Park. The strikingly modern welded steel arch with concrete approaches was constructed with U.S. Works Progress Administration sponsorship, unusual because the WPA is better known for bridges designed in a rustic mode and built with manual labor. The Lincoln Park passerelle gained national recognition in the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition, "Built in USA, 1932-44," and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Steel Arch Bridges
Chicago Park District
Glicken, M. J.
Riggle, Lyman C.
Kelly, C. J.
American Bridge Company
Joseph T. Ryerson & Son, Incorporated
Spivey, Justin M., Historian
Lowe, Jet, Photographer
Gordon, Susan H., Delineator
Hassey, Karen L., Delineator
Koslow, Julia M., Delineator
Kranjcevic, Domagoj, Delineator
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. AERIAL OVERVIEW OF LINCOLN PARK, LOOKING NNW ALONG NORTH LAKE SHORE DRIVE. PASSERELLE IS ROUGHLY HALFWAY UP, OPPOSITE NORTH AVENUE BATHING BEACH AT MIDDLE RIGHT OF FRAME.
2. PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF EASTERN STAIRS, LOOKING SW.
3. LOOKING SE AT EASTERN ABUTMENT PIER, SHOWING PIN CONNECTION AND UNDERSIDE OF ARCH RIBS.
4. LOOKING SE AT EASTERN STAIRS AND RAMP APPROACH.
5. WESTERN PORTAL ELEVATION, LOOKING EAST.
6. NORTH ELEVATION, LOOKING SE.
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