Thursday, April 7, 2016

Michigan Avenue Bridge

(Bridge Hunter, Historic Bridges, Chicago Loop, Satellite)

Development of North Michigan Avenue (Magnificent Mile) began after the bridge opened in 1920.

Mark Conti posted
The Chicago Tribune Building, still under construction.
Tom Vollman Both the Trib Tower and Old Republic building in the background were completed in '25. 333 N. Michigan, still an empty lot here, not til '28.
The bridge was renamed the DuSable Bridge on October 15, 2010 in honor of Chicago's first non-native permanent resident. The southwest bridge tender house contains a museum concerning Chicago's movable bridges. Scroll to the bottom of a Tribune article for a diagram of the machinery that lifts the bridge.

David M Laz posted
FRENCH NAVY DESTROYER GUEPRATTE visiting Chicago in 1963 with the Michigan Ave bridge raised.

David M Laz posted
Raised south spans of the Michigan Ave Bridge shows that the bridge is actually 4 individual spans, two on the north and two on the south.
Update: Formal opening.
The Madusa is stuck for 6 hours because Michigan Bridge was frozen shut.
A horse-and-buggy on the lower deck.

Neil Gale posted
Final Purchase of Land for Bridge at Michigan Avenue. 1919
February 27, 1919 -- The final three pieces of real estate necessary for the construction of the Michigan Avenue bridge are secured. The city pays $719,532 to the estate of W. F. McLaughlin for a piece of property on the east side of Michigan Avenue fronting the south side of the river. $62,500 goes to John S. Miller for a triangular piece of land across Michigan Avenue from the McLaughlin property. $91,760 goes to Levy Mayer for a small piece of property directly south of the McLaughlin holding. With these three transactions ($12,124,460.00 today) the city is ready to build the bridge that would change the north side of the city forever.
The photo shows the three pieces of property on each side of Michigan Avenue south of the river.
[I'm glad he added the current value of $12M. I was wondering.]
Glen Miller posted
Chicago 1952, the hustle and bustle of the big city. Only problem is that everyone is hustling in and bustling out at the same time.
This shows the cluster of buildings that sprung up around the bridge in the 1920s after the bridge was built in 1920. Before this the north side of the Main Stem was railroads, warehouses and plants such as soap factories.]
I put this picture here instead of the State Street Bridge posting because it shows that much of the development north of the Main Stem happened in and after the 1970s.

Ravko Giderewisc shared Dennis Popiela's photo
Karen Operabuffa Before the IBM Building went up. I remember watching them excavate for the foundations.Victor StLawrence Empty skyline for River North and Mag Mile.Bob Russell That's probably right about when I started working at the Chicago Sun-Times / Daily News in June of 1970. It was at 401 N. Wabash. This is the State Street bridge looking north. The Hancock was completed in 1969.
Richard Pitchford posted
Neil Gale posted
The Goodrich Docks, now the site of the Michigan Avenue Bridge, Chicago. 1899
MWRD posted
The Michigan Ave. bridge over the @Chicago River on October 9, 1923.
Living History of Illinois and Chicago posted
1948 view of North Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Great view of the Wrigley Building, Allerton Hotel, and Tribune Tower.
[You can faintly see the Water Tower near the end of the avenue.]
Raymond Kunst added to an album
1921 Aeroplane View of the New Boulevard Link and the South Tower of the Wrigley Building.
The Site of Old Fort Dearborn Is on the South Bank of the River Immediately Adjacent to the New Boulevard Link Bridge.
Raymond Kunst added to an album
A bird’s-eye view of the construction of the Tribune Tower (1924).

Barry Butler Photo of the bridge about halfway up including another raised photo by Michael A. Paus.

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