Canon AE-1P, 23 November 2011

2011/11/23

Hey look…a giant (non-functioning) railroad bridge!

AE1P CHI TMax100 KinzieStreetBridge01B

AE1P CHI TMax100 KinzieStreetBridge02B

AE1P CHI TMax100 KinzieStreetBridge03B

AE1P CHI TMax100 KinzieStreetBridge04B

AE1P CHI TMax100 KinzieStreetBridge05B

Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; River North
Camera: Canon AE-1 Program
Lens: Canon 24mm f/2.8 FD (Photo 1); 50mm f/1.4 FD (Photos 2 & 3); 70-210mm f/4 FD (Photos 4 & 5)
Film: Kodak TMax 100 (135)

All five of these photos are of the Kinzie Street Railroad Bridge, which connects the River North neighborhood to the near west side across the North Branch of the Chicago River. The bridge was completed in 1908 and built by the Strauss Bascule & Concrete Bridge Company for the Chicago & North Western Railway. As suggested by the name of the company that built it, the bridge is a single-leaf bascule bridge that relies on the massive concrete counterweight for its operation (you can see the counterweight clearly in Photo 1). While it is no longer operational, the bridge was designated as a Chicago Landmark in 2007 – which is good, because I love these old metal bridges…and really, anything that involves heavy steel structure and industrial-type stuff.

Enjoy.

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4 Responses to “Canon AE-1P, 23 November 2011”

  1. Jim Says:

    Great bridge! Is it always left in the up position?

  2. Mr Mole Says:

    great industrial photos, a good one for the history books.

  3. ehpem Says:

    There is one of these – well two, one for road one for rail that are side by side – here in Victoria BC. They are about to be replaced. A sad thing as they are an important part of the inner harbour viewscape.

    • seeker312 Says:

      One of the tragedies of Chicago’s architectural heritage is that for much of the history of the city, there wasn’t much of an official support for historic preservation – so, for example, many, many Louis Sullivan buildings were demolished over the course of the past several decdades. As such, it is nice that the city now has an official Landmarks department, though it does also make building in historic neighborhoods or structures a little more difficult. OTOH, it also means that once a building or structure has been declared a Chicago Landmark, it’s pretty well protected.


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