In 1867 a momentous decision was made – the decision to build a bridge. But bridges are built all the time, you say; why was this such a huge decision? Because this bridge was to be none other than the Brooklyn Bridge which would span the East River and provide relative ease of transportation between New York and Brooklyn. But this was not a structure to rise overnight.
The completion of the bridge was accompanied by fourteen years of hard, back breaking, death defying labor. And several men did die – including the original designer of the bridge, John A. Roebling. But Roebling’s son, Washington, was enough acquainted with his father’s architectural style and dreams to oversee the bridge to its final stone – and first celebratory crossing!
Conclusion. A fine book about one of the wonders of the 1880s, the Brooklyn Bridge.
Review © 2015 Laura Verret