Wabash Avenue Bridge
|Wabash Avenue Bridge|
Wabash Avenue Bridge at night
|Official name||Irv Kupcinet Bridge|
|Other name(s)||Wabash Avenue Bridge|
|Locale||Chicago, Cook County, Illinois|
|Maintained by||Chicago Department of Transportation|
|Total length||345 feet (105 m)|
|Width||90 feet (27 m)|
|Longest span||232 feet (71 m)|
|Number of spans||3|
|Clearance below||22 feet (7 m)|
The Wabash Avenue Bridge (officially, Irv Kupcinet Bridge) over the Chicago River was built in 1930. Standing west of the Michigan Avenue Bridge and southwest of the Trump International Hotel and Tower, the bascule bridge connects the Near North Side with "The Loop" area.
The single-deck, double leaf bridge was designed by Thomas Pihlfeldt and built by the Ketler and Elliot Company. The American Institute of Steel Construction awarded it the "Most Beautiful" bridge in 1930.
The control houses for controlling bridge operations are on the northwest and southwest corners of the bridge. The control houses are identical in design. In 1961 the control houses were upgraded to allow single man operation. Electrical modernization also accompanied this upgrade. While the northern control house is no longer in use it still stands.
In popular culture
- The bridge was used in the opening sequence of Perfect Strangers from season 3 onwards, which the title card was shown at the beginning, as well as the opening sequence of the first three seasons of Family Matters, where the Winslow family are riding bicycles over the bridge.
- "NBI Structure Number: 000016605226647". Retrieved 2009-05-18.
- National Park Service. "Historic American Engineering Record". Retrieved 2009-05-18.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Wabash Avenue Bridge.|
- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) No. IL-48, "Bascule Bridge, Wabash Avenue, Spanning Chicago River at North Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, IL"
- Google Earth Model