Building Bridges, Not Walls

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Building Bridges, Not Walls celebrates the role immigrants played in designing and building the Bay Area's iconic bridges.

When they were completed in 1936 and 1937, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was the longest bridge in the world, and the Golden Gate Bridge, the tallest. Both bridges became striking symbols of conquering the challenges and fears brought on by the economic hardships of the times.

For the past 80 years, these remarkable bridges have both shaped and unified the Bay Area, giving the region its shared identity. And for both structures, their design, engineering, and construction owe a large debt to immigrants to San Francisco and their children--first-generation Americans who braved the surging tides, thick fog and dizzying heights to build something uniquely great.

This exhibition will display photographs of Bay Area bridges and portraits of the people who helped build them, including steel rivets from the recently dismantled Eastern Span of the Bay Bridge.

Sponsored by the San Francisco History Center and Living New Deal

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