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BROOKLYN BRIDGE, 1867-1938
and subsequent alteration plans.
The Brooklyn Bridge was one of the city's greatest
public works achievements of the 19th century. From
the day it opened in May 1883, its distinctive masonry
towers became a symbol of the city itself, known around
Long stored in vaults beneath the bridge, the original
drawings, totaling more than 8,000 items, were re-discovered
by historians in the 1970s and transferred to the Archives
where they were cataloged, preserved, and microfilmed.
Bridge builder Roebling's design genius is evident in
beautiful, detailed renderings of every element of the
bridge including the approach, cables, superstructure,
roadway, and towers.
have been microfilmed; a series-level finding aid is
Brooklyn Bridge, circa 1893.
Mayor Gilroy Papers.