Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge

Christian Menn, 2003

Preservation Achievement Award, 2005

The widest cable-stayed bridge in the world provides a striking entrance to Boston from the north. Inverted 270-foot slingshot towers employ replicas of the Bunker Hill obelisk to support ten traffic lanes. At night it shimmers in the theatrical lighting of its fanned cables. The bridge is more complex than its pure profile suggests. Barely noticed are the outrigger lanes hanging off its west shoulder or the tangle of tracks and tunnels it strides over. Its double name indicates its dual commemoration of Revolutionary War Charlestown patriots and a twentieth-century civil rights activist.

The first bridge to Charlestown was built in 1786. Before that, traffic between Boston and Charlestown was via the Great Ferry established by Edward Converse in 1601. In the mid-eighteenth century the profits from the ferry were donated to Harvard College, until it went out of business after completion of the first bridge. The eighteenth-century bridge was replaced in 1899.

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