4. Vertical Posts Between the Legs of the Towers on the Triborough Bridge Are Just for Decoration

Image via Wikimedia Commons: Dave Frieder

Othmar H. Ammann, the designer of the George Washington Bridge, was given the job to redesign the Triborough Bridge in the Art Deco style, which was characterized by geometric shapes and precise lines. This is why you can find four ornamental posts, held in place by a horizontal strut, between the legs of the bridge’s towers. Like the lamp posts and the tiered tips of the towers, these features serve no structural purpose.