1924 Group of Plans and Profiles for a Hudson River Bridge New York Approach - Proposed Rail and Roadway Connections By the North River Bridge Co. Gustav Lindenthal, Chief Engineer.
(New York City - Planning & Design)

New York: North River Bridge Co., 1924. F Group of 9 plans, which directed traffic from Queens across Manhattan and to Weehawken on the New Jersey Hudson side, showing also the plans for additional train 'loop' transport; the first and largest plan at approx., 27" x 72" length and depicting the overall proposal - extending the Queensborough Bridge lead-off roadways from the East River side of Manhattan to go across the island to the Hudson, with the roadway following straight on between 56th & 58th streets to a Jersey crossing on the west side - this sheet with profile of the entire run as well as profiles of the connectors for the various avenue and streets leading to the roadway - in about good condition, edgewear and closed tears; # 2 is a Plan of Proposed Rapid Transit Loops in Manhattan, which planned a 4-and-2 track subway to connect with and service the new roadway and bridge system and the current rail transportation lines - approx. 26 1/2" 47", darkened, one margin chipped away about an 1", with no substantive loss to the presentation, about good minus; # 3 about 26 1/2" x 45", and which is the approx. size of the rest and showing the profiles of the proposed transit loops, along 9th Ave., 6th Ave., Madison Ave., little edgewear, good plus; # 4 shows the General Arrangement of the approach, with elevation and plan, loss at right edge and not substantive, about good; # 5 gives the NY Roadway Approach (for the) Ninth Ave. Connection, light edgewear, the details on this lightly outlined in yellow, good plus; # 6 with the Approach for 10th, 11th, 12th Ave. Connections, closed tear, good; # 7 NY Roadway Approach for the Cross Town Roadway Viaduct, elevation, plan of traffic, couple of old tape repairs to right side, semicircular "bite" from that same margin, no loss to text or drawing, good minus; # 8 Cross Sections for the roadway approaches, closed tear, light wear, good; # 9 General Map Showing Location of Bridge and Approaches (Manhattan, new Jersey, Queens more, shown), some soil at one corner and edgewear, good; all these plans are drawn in blueprint-blue on heavy white paper stock and with hand-colored outlines of details in red or other color; all are pinned together on the left margin with original brads, the last plan detached at those holes; each of the plans dated Feb. of 1924 and with the stamp of G. Lindenthal Chief Engineer of the North River Bridge Co. on back stating 'Issued Jun 5 - 1924 G. Lindenthal' - Gustav Lindenthal (1850 - 1935) civil engineer, "...completed the Smithfield Street Bridge in Pittsburgh...oversaw completion of the Williamsburg Bridge...the Queensborough Bridge and "...(his) crowning achievement was the mighty Hell Gate Bridge, one of the great steel-arch bridges of all times - was recognized as the "Dean of American Bridge Engineers" for the many outstanding spans he built and for helping create a period in American bridge engineering that was the foremost in the world." (Eric De Lony on the ANB); And - this idea for a Hudson-crossing bridge was his 45-year unrequited quest, the North River Bridge Company was organized by him to further the project and his hopes of funding from various railway lines, including the Pennsylvania Railroad and Federal sources, none of which materialized; an interesting group of speculative transportation planning for New York City; in good condition overall, good transportation and city planning history and 20th century development ephemeral material, from one of the very best engineering minds of the time. Good Paperback (Item ID: 21790)


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