Building the Bay Bridge

Construction photographs, 1934-1936

Construction for a bridge connecting San Francisco and the East Bay via Yerba Buena Island began on July 9, 1933 and continued for three years. Countless photographs documenting the building of the Bay Bridge exist, and only a few photos from the Gardiner collection were scanned. In most cases these are less common views or show areas such as the waterfront, Rincon Hill and other neighborhoods to be cleared for the bridge’s western approach in San Francisco. None of the photographs depict the East Bay side. Since these photos are so much later than the rest of his collection, it’s probable that Gardiner did not take them (although he was still alive at the time) and they may have even been added to his collection later.

1. Buildings to be taken down for the bridge approach at 2nd St. between Bryant & Harrison on Stillman St
2. View from 4th & Perry Sts
3. View from 5th & Perry Sts
4. Bay Bridge SF anchorage at beginning of construction
12. SF Anchorage March 29, 1934
13. SF Anchorage April 21, 1934
16. Tower 2, SF May 30, 1934
17. Pier 6 and Goat Island June 1934
20. Tower 1, SF anchorage November 1934
20. Tower 1, SF anchorage November 1934
20. Tower 1, SF anchorage November 1934
24. Tower 2 on May 5, 1935, Showing catwalk cables before the cross pieces and floor were strung
26. View of bridge, May 25, 1935 from Rincon Hill, showing construction of catwalk
28. View of the Bay Bridge on Oct. 6, 1935
29. View of the Bay Bridge on Oct. 13, 1935
30. Views of the Bay Bridge from Rincon Hill about Feb. 1936
30. Views of the Bay Bridge from Rincon Hill about Feb. 1936
31. Cantilever span Bay Bridge c. April 1936 Taken shortly before the center gap was closed
33. Bay Bridge construction