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Scott Gilchrist, Archivision Inc.
The original plans submitted by Chief Engineer Joseph B. Strauss called for a hybrid cantilever and suspension structure across the Golden Gate. This plan was generally regarded as unsightly, and a far cry from the elegant, understated lines that define the Bridge today. After Strauss submitted his first design, Consulting Engineer Leon S. Moisseiff theorized that a long span suspension bridge could cross the Gate. A suspension structure of this length has never been tried before. Even after Moisseiff and Strauss began to refine the new design, it wasn't until Consulting Architects Irving F. Morrow and his wife Gertrude C. Morrow joined the project that the Art Deco styling began to take shape. The Morrows added the consistent, subtle Art Deco elements which now embody the Bridge. They simplified the pedestrian railings to modest, uniform posts placed far enough apart to allow motorists an unobstructed view. The light posts took on a lean, angled form. Wide, vertical ribbing was added on the horizontal tower bracing to accent the sun's light on the structure. The rectangular tower portals themselves decrease on ascent, further emphasizing the tower height. These architectural enhancements define the Golden Gate Bridge's Art Deco form. It is this form which is known and admired the world over. Source: www.thoma.com/thoma/ggbfacts.html
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