Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bay Bridge West Tower - sans road and cables c1935

This tower sure turned out well - with baited breath and the patience of Jobe, I look forward to seeing the new tower on the Eastern span rise...a new landmark and symbol of the gateway to the City by the Bay

The West Tower of the Bay Bridge rises to 281 feet, and its concrete anchorage was sunk 235 feet below the water line. Its total height is taller than that of the largest of the Pyramids of Egypt.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Gary Starks's Cliff House Project

Gary Stark may work IT by day but his passion of history has led him to create a fascinating site that chronicles the history of Adolph Sutro's 'over the top' mansion known as the Cliff House, Sutro Bathes and its legacy. Over many years, Gary has accumulating hundreds of images and produced this short video on the properties history - a place that is now a shadow of its former self, when the most elaborate of the 4 Cliff Houses on this site burned in a fire in 1907. We should all take our 'hats off' to Gary for this good work