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Bay Bridge: History and Design of a New Icon

Bay Bridge: History and Design of a New Icon
By: Donald MacDonald and Ira Nadel (2013)

"An innovative landmark a quarter century in the making, the new eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge represents the latest spectacular chapter in the history of this storied structure. The new bridge’s architect, Donald MacDonald, teams up with author Ira Nadel to create this illuminating book. With friendly text and charming illustrations, Bay Bridge reveals the design decisions that have shaped the evolution of the bridge over the last century—from the history of the original bridge, through the planning of the new span, to the construction of its signature 525-foot-high white tower. In the same elegant package as Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, this volume makes a lovely souvenir for San Francisco devotees, architecture buffs, and tourists."

- Chronicle Books


"Get your hands on this amazing collection of illustrations from the bridge's architect, Donald MacDonald."

- Amy Keyishian, HGTV Front Door (2013)

"Author and illustrator Donald MacDonald evokes all the mythic splendor and danger of the 'Titan of Bridges' in his book, Bay Bridge: History and Design of a New Icon."

- Kai White, ForeWord Reviews (2013)

"It’s a fascinating look into the complex history of this celebrated structure and the decades-long effort to make it a reality."

- Jen A. Miller, American Way (2013)