July 23, 2007

Anno Domini 1925

I was taking a photo of the Robert Street Bridge, specifically the medallion detail on one of the twelve piers, when out of the sky appeared a private airplane flying right into my camera lens. It had taken off from the St Paul downtown airport, also known as Holman Field. I'm confused why the date AD 1925 is on the medallion. Bridge construction started in 1924 but wasn't completed until 1926. So why the 1925 date? The Robert Street Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. Sometime within the past 15 years, the bridge underwent a major restoration process. They thankfully kept the exact design of the bridge intact and just gave it a face lift.


travelphilippines said...

maybe 1925 is much better than 1926. does it make sense? hehe

Kate said...

You need to ask? As is normal in construction, the contractors were optimistic but didn't meet the date of planned completion which they optimistically and erroneously placed on the bridge beforehand!! ;=)