7. In 1931, the Bayonne Bridge was Named the Most Beautiful Steel Bridge

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Beating out the George Washington Bridge, also completed in 1931, the Bayonne Bridge was named the most beautiful steel bridge by the American Institute of Steel Construction. At the opening ceremony for the Bayonne Bridge, Ammann said, “The Port Authority recognized the fact that its structures must not only be useful, but they must also conform to the aesthetic sense. This was one of the motives for the selection of an arch spanning the entire river in one sweeping graceful curve.”