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John Eberson Designer of Golden Gate Bridge Towers ?

THS New York City Director Craig Morrison, AIA, notes that yesterday there was a book review in the on-line New York Times regarding a new title about the Golden Gate Bridge by California historian Kevin Starr. It indicates that prominent theatre architect John Eberson was involved in the bridge’s art deco towers design. Craig was wondering if Readerboard subscribers have any more info?

Richard Sklenar

Here is an excerpt from the review:

“Crucial contributions, Mr. Starr says, were made by other consultants as well. Othmar Hermann Ammann (the chief designer of the George Washington Bridge) helped with the assembling of the bridge’s various components. John Eberson, a leading architect of movie theaters, developed the Art Deco vocabulary for the towers. And Irving Morrow, a local architect and skilled illustrator, refined those ideas further, accentuating, in Mr. Starr’s words, “the stepped-back segments rising vertically on all sides” of the twin towers.”

GOLDEN GATE
The Life and Times of America’s Greatest Bridge
By Kevin Starr
Illustrated. 215 pages. Bloomsbury Press. $23.

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  1. Gary Lee Parks

    This from a guy who’s long loved the Bridge and has walked across its span dozens of times and driven it hundreds: I have never heard of Eberson being affiliated with the design, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t, certainly. There were many architects of that era who knew how to get that combination of grace and “Gee whiz!” grandeur (something many of today’s architects could use a dose of), and Eberson was one of many such creative folks who combined fantasy with practicality in a seamless fashion.

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John Eberson Designer of Golden Gate Bridge Towers ?

THS New York City Director Craig Morrison, AIA, notes that yesterday there was a book review in the on-line New York Times regarding a new title about the Golden Gate Bridge by California historian Kevin Starr. It indicates that prominent theatre architect John Eberson was involved in the bridge’s art deco towers design. Craig was wondering if Readerboard subscribers have any more info?

Richard Sklenar

Here is an excerpt from the review:

“Crucial contributions, Mr. Starr says, were made by other consultants as well. Othmar Hermann Ammann (the chief designer of the George Washington Bridge) helped with the assembling of the bridge’s various components. John Eberson, a leading architect of movie theaters, developed the Art Deco vocabulary for the towers. And Irving Morrow, a local architect and skilled illustrator, refined those ideas further, accentuating, in Mr. Starr’s words, “the stepped-back segments rising vertically on all sides” of the twin towers.”

GOLDEN GATE
The Life and Times of America’s Greatest Bridge
By Kevin Starr
Illustrated. 215 pages. Bloomsbury Press. $23.

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  1. Gary Lee Parks

    This from a guy who’s long loved the Bridge and has walked across its span dozens of times and driven it hundreds: I have never heard of Eberson being affiliated with the design, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t, certainly. There were many architects of that era who knew how to get that combination of grace and “Gee whiz!” grandeur (something many of today’s architects could use a dose of), and Eberson was one of many such creative folks who combined fantasy with practicality in a seamless fashion.

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