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.