The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World.
On this day in 1933, construction starts on what will become one of America’s most famous landmarks: the Golden Gate Bridge. When completed in 1937, the Golden Gate has a 4,200-foot-long suspension span, making it the world’s longest suspension bridge.
The Golden Gate Bridge has always been painted orange vermilion, deemed « International Orange. » Rejecting carbon black and gray steel, Consulting Architect Irving Morrow selected the distinctive orange color because it blends well with the span’s natural setting as it is a warm color consistent with the warm colors of the land in the setting as distinct from the cool colors of the sky and sea. It also provides enhanced visibility for passing ships in San Francisco’s famous fog.
The bridge was named not for its distinctive orange color, but for the Golden Gate Strait, where the San Francisco Bay opens into the Pacific Ocean.
When I saw for the first time, the Golden Gate Bridge, I was like a child, stunned by the huge masterpiece. I will never forget this landscape.