Golden Gate Bridge: History and Design of an Icon

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Chronicle Books, Apr 2, 2008 - Architecture - 127 pages
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Nine million people visit the Golden Gate Bridge each year, yet how many know why it's painted that stunning shade of"international orange"? Or that ancient Mayan and Art Deco buildings influenced the design? Current bridge architectDonald MacDonald answers these questions and others in a friendly, informative look at the bridge's engineering and 70-year history. This accessible account is accompanied by 70 of MacDonald's own charming color illustrations, making it easy to understand how the bridge was designed and constructed. A fascinating study for those interested in architecture, design, or anyone with a soft spot for San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge is a fitting tribute to this timeless icon.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 2 COLOR OR WHY ISNT THE GOLDEN GATE GOLD?
31
CHAPTER 3 HIDDEN TOWERS
35
THE PLAZA AND TOLL BOOTHS
47
CHAPTER 5 LIGHTS WIND ACTION
57
CHAPTER 6 THE TWENTYFIRSTCENTURY BRIDGE
62
BRIDGE FACTS FIGURES
73
FURTHER READING
75
INDEX
77
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Donald MacDonald is the first architect to work on the Golden Gate Bridge since its completion. He lives in San Francisco.

Ira Nadel has written numerous books, including biographies of Leonard Cohen and Ezra Pound. He lives in Vancouver, B.C.

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