At the Society for Industrial Archaeology’s annual conference on June 1 in Cincinnati, we gave a presentation on John A. Roebling’s design of the great Cincinnati-Covington Bridge, which he and his son Washington A. Roebling completed in 1867. As quoted in The Roebling Legacy, Roebling wrote that “public works should educate public taste,” and that “a public work which forms a conspicuous landmark across a great river should serve as a model of appropriate architectural proportions.” The Cincinnati-Covington bridge served as the model for Roebling’s design of the Brooklyn Bridge, which Washington Roebling famously completed in 1883 with help from his wife, Emily Warren Roebling.

 

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