Chicago is home to more moveable bridges than any other city in the country, keeping all sides of the city connected despite waterways that cut across them. Explore how these marvels of engineering helped shape the Chicago we know today.
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Bridges of all kinds spanned the Chicago River until the early 20th century, when a new, “Chicago-style” bridge was perfected: today’s trunnion bascule bridges, whose spans rise dramatically into the sky. Learn about the history of Chicago bridge engineering, how bridges hastened the city’s growth and the variety of styles architects have employed for the design of these connectors and their bridge houses.
Program Speaker: Corinne Rohr
A CAC docent since 2010, Corinne Rohr loves exploring the history of the Chicago River and the many bridges that cross it. A longtime Chicagoan, Rohr leads Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady as well as CAC walking tours through the Illinois Pedway and Old Town Triangle. She is co-director of a new tour about moveable bridges, expected to begin departing in 2021 once restrictions lift and tours resume. Rohr is actively involved in docent governance, serving on the CAC’s docent committees for tours and Docent Appreciation Night.
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