What is the first type of bridge that comes to mind when you hear the word “bridge”? Do you think of picturesque covered bridges dotting rural roads? Or perhaps a suspension bridge like the Golden Gate Bridge or the Brooklyn Bridge? Or maybe that metal truss bridge is your favorite. A concrete arch? A railroad … Continue reading A Favorite Bridge
In the world of transportation and preservation, I spend a lot of time around bridges, conducting resource IDs, evaluating the historic significance of these bridges and reviewing projects for any adverse effects to our historic bridges and adjacent historic resources. Anyone who conducts resources IDs in the field knows that photographing the project area and … Continue reading How to Photograph a Bridge
At dinner Sunday night, a friend asked me, “How can you be excited for the new [Lake Champlain] bridge? You’re a preservationist. They blew up the old one.” He was sort of giving me a hard time just for the heck of it, but his question made me evaluate how I can be enamored with … Continue reading Love a Replacement Bridge?
Consider it Bridge Week or Bridge Days, as the Lake Champlain Bridge center span is set for floating and lifting any day now. Hardly any structure proves to be permanent; very few materials hold up for eternity. Concrete is a particularly troublesome material to many because moisture and salt and lack of maintenance equal a … Continue reading Concrete Bridges
The sad news has likely reached all interested parties by now: the Lake Champlain Bridge is to be demolished as soon as possible. A demolition company has been hired and design for the new bridge (to be erected in the same place as the current bridge) are moving full speed ahead. On Saturday December 12, … Continue reading Building a New Bridge
At long last, good news about one of my favorite buildings – the Addison Town Hall at the junction of VT Route 22A and VT Route 17 in Addison, VT. I’ve loved this building since my days of driving to Chimney Point during the Lake Champlain Bridge construction project and my days of conducting a … Continue reading Addison Town Hall Open House – September 14
An upfront disclaimer: The Addison Town Hall is owned by the Town of Addison. Technically, it’s vacant, not abandoned. Due to its condition and the attention it requires, I categorize it as abandoned. The Addison Town Hall sits at the center of the village of Addison Four Corners in Addison, Vermont, at the junction of … Continue reading Abandoned Vermont: Addison Town Hall (Alternatively: What about Rural Preservation?)
Gather thousands of preservationists together and there is a lot to talk about, which is more than buildings. Sessions discussed historic sites, publicity, economic revitalization, energy efficiency, social media, the 50 year “rule”, diversity, new ideas for building uses, community advocacy, bridge rehabilitation, federal laws (NEPA & NHPA), and much more. While it’s great to … Continue reading PresConf Recap: Education Sessions
Two years ago (yesterday) was a momentus day in the lives of those involved with the Lake Champlain Bridge. On a frigid January day, the first girder was set on Pier 7 of the Lake Champlain Bridge at Chimney Point. To those of us who had never seen such a feat, it was incredible, and … Continue reading The First Girder – January 27, 2011
You may have seen my flickr link with some Lake Champlain Bridge photos (click on the sidebar link if you haven’t). I’ll share more this week. It was such a perfect day.