10. The Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Bridge disrupted the stereotype that lift bridges are an eyesore

View of Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge
View of Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge.

David Steinman did not neglect the aesthetic details of this incredibly functional bridge. Before the bridge opened in 1937, vertical lift bridges had the reputation of being eyesores, due to the need for towers to aid with bridge suspension. These types of bridges also often supported railroads, which resulted in functionally designed bridges rather than visually appealing ones. 

The Marine Parkway Gil-Hodges has two towers, but they act as a thoughtful feature, Steinman curved the tips of the towers toward one another, creating a symmetrical spiral-like appearance that makes the towers appear to be an intentional design feature, not just a utility. The circular design of the tops of the towers is reminiscent of the wheels that lift the bridge, playing on both utility and aesthetics. 

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