Building the Bridge

In 1902, after Mayor Seth Low appointed Gustav Lindenthal commissioner, Lindthal's first act was to review plans for the Blackewell's Island Bridge. He concluded that the designs revealed an ugly bridge unfit for such a grand purpose. Lindenthal hired Henry Hornbostel, a respected architect, to work as chief assistant to remodel and enhance the existing design. The Queensboro Bridge owes it beauty to their collaborative geniuses.



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