Edward K. Triol Collection of Seattle Bridge Construction Photographs and Drawings, 1915-1925  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Triol, Edward K.
Title
Edward K. Triol Collection of Seattle Bridge Construction Photographs and Drawings
Dates
1915-1925 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 box plus oversize folder, (.3 cubic feet)
Collection Number
2006.7
Summary
Photographs of Seattle bridges under construction, taken by city photographer James P. Lee, plus three bridge design drawings
Repository
Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
98108
Telephone: 206-324-1126
Fax: 206-780-1533
library@mohai.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public by appointment.

Languages
English.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Edward K. Triol (1883-1965) was a civil engineer. Before his time in Seattle, he held positions as engineer on the New York barge canal, at a filtration plant in Pittsburgh, at a steel plant in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, and for the Chicago, Milwaukee and Puget Sound Railway. In Seattle, he partnered in the structural engineering firm Triol and Bushnell with Horace L. Bushnell

James P. Lee (1894-1963) started his career with the Seattle Engineering Department in 1910. In 1922, he became the city's full-time photographer, responsible for documenting major construction projects. He retired in 1957.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of photographs of Seattle's bridges (Ballard, Fremont, Montlake, Stone Way, West Spokane Street, and University) in various stages of construction, as well as images of ship canals, railway tunnels and the cityscape in general. The University Bridge and the West Spokane Street Bridge are the most thoroughly documented. The photographs were taken by James P. Lee, the official photographer for the Seattle Engineering Department. Almost all images are dated and labeled by the photographer. Some of the photographs have writing on the front, most likely by Triol. The collection also includes two drawings of bridge designs for the Montlake Bridge done by Triol, and one for the West Spokane Street Bridge, by J.D. Blackwell.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Restrictions on Use

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Edward K. Triol Collection of Seattle Bridge Construction Photographs and Drawings, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Ballard Bridge
The Ballard Bridge, also known as the 15th Avenue Bridge, was completed in 1917. It connects Ballard, which became part of Seattle in 1907, to the Magnolia and Queen Anne neighborhoods.
1916-1918
Folder
1
2006.7.3: Bridge in the early stages of construction
1916 March 27
1
2006.7.4:  Looking north from the underside of the unfinished bridge
Seattle Cedar mill is visible to the west.
1917 April 24
1
2006.7.5: View across bridge with half of drawbridge raised and log pond in foreground
1917 July 27
1
2006.7.6: View across the partially raised bridge
1917 July 27
1
2006.7.7: Workers on the top of the bridge
1917 October 3
1 1918 March 13
1
2006.7.9: Ship W.F. Burrows passing through the open drawbridge.
On front of image: "15th Ave. N.W. Br. 1st Boat Thru"
1918 March 13
Fremont Bridge
The original bridge to Fremont was razed in 1911 to make way for the dredging of the Lake Washington Canal; during this time, all traffic was rerouted to the temporary Stone Way Bridge, just five blocks to the east. A second temporary bridge served the original gap until 1915, when traffic was again rerouted to the Stone Way Bridge so that construction on the newest Fremont Bridge could begin.
1915-1917
Folder
2
2006.7.1:  Temporary bridge
A second temporary bridge erected to serve Ballard and Fremont. While it was under construction, traffic was rerouted to the also temporary Stone Way Bridge five blocks east. On front of image: "Before"
1915 March 18
2
2006.7.2:  Cars and streetcar crossing completed Fremont bridge
On front of image: "After"
1917 June 15
2
2006.7.10: North pier under construction
On front of image: "N. Pier Fremont"
1916 March 23
2
2006.7.11: South pier under construction
On front of image:"S. Pier"
1916 July 7
2
2006.7.12: Steelwork underneath the bridge
1916 October 7
2 1916 October 7
2
2006.7.14: Looking south across bridge construction towards Queen Anne
On front of image: "Dunford" (with arrow pointing to a well-dressed man standing on the pier)
1916 November 16
2
2006.7.15:  Drawbridge gears
1916 November 16
2 1916 November 16
2
2006.7.17: Completed bridge, raised
1917 April 27
2
2006.7.18: Workers posing near water level
1917 October 10
Montlake Bridge
A city engineer recommended a bridge at Montlake Avenue to improve access to the city's north side. Finished in mid-1925, it crosses the ship canal at 24th Avenue East.
1923-1925
Folder
3
2006.7.19: Worker readying cement
1923 January 12
3
2006.7.20: Man in suit surrounded by rebar in bridge structure
1923 March 23
3 1924 January 23
3
2006.7.22: Bridge interior
1925 February 26
3
2006.7.23:  Unfinished pier
1925 March 11
3 1925 March 11
University Bridge
The University Bridge was originally known as both the Eastlake Avenue Bridge and the Tenth Avenue Northeast Bridge, but an ordinance approved in June of 1919 dictated “University Bridge” as its official moniker. The bridge was built to replace the Latona Bridge, which had fallen into disrepair.
1916-1919
Folder
4a
2006.7.25: Early construction rig
Handwritten on photo: 1st construction rig. He failed (financially).
1916 July 16
4a
2006.7.26: Bridge supports under construction
1916 September 25
4a
2006.7.27: Early construction, looking north to the University District
1917 September 17
4a
2006.7.28: Bridge supports being erected
1917 October 10
4a
2006.7.29: Pile drivers at work
1917 October 16
4a
2006.7.30: Hoisting machinery above a pier of the bridge
1917 October 30
4a
2006.7.31: Early construction on base of pier
1917 November 9
4a 1917 December 10
4a
2006.7.33: Pile drivers and hoisting machinery at bridge site
1917 December 10
4a
2006.7.34: Incomplete bridge piers
1917 December 10
4a
2006.7.35: Bridge site with sand and gravel piles in foreground
1918 January 9
4a 1918 January 10
4a
2006.7.37:  Four men in wooden structure inside bridge
On front of image: "Me"[with arrow pointing upward]
1918 March 12
4b
2006.7.38: Surveyor and three others on top of wooden and rebar structure
1918 April 24
4b
2006.7.39: North pier under construction
1918 April 24
4b
2006.7.40: Birds-eye view of pier construction site
1918 April 24
4b
2006.7.41:  Detail of pier
1918 May 28
4b
2006.7.42: Crane swinging a beam into place
1918 July 24
4b 1918 July 24
4b 1918 July 24
4b
2006.7.45: Pieces being hoist into place on pier base
1918 September 18
4b 1918 September 18
4b 1918 October 4
4b
2006.7.48: Partially completed bridge span
1918 October 4
4b
2006.7.49: Completed bridge from a distance
circa 1919
Stone Way Bridge
The Stone Way Bridge was a temporary structure that served until the opening of the Fremont Bridge in June 1917. It stretched across Lake Union, connecting Westlake with Fremont.
1916-1918
Folder
5 1916 May 14
West Spokane Street Bridge No.1
From 1902 to 1917, three bridges were built to serve West Seattle (which was annexed in 1907); unfortunately, none of these were permanent structures. Despite its numerous wooden predecessors, the steel bridge featured here was officially known as West Spokane Street Bridge No. 1 (North). It was finally completed in 1924; its sister bridge, West Spokane Street Bridge No. 2 (South) opened in September of 1930.
circa 1922-1925
Folder
6a
2006.7.51: Man (Triol?) in wooden bridge support structure
1922 September 25
6a 1922 September 25
6a
2006.7.53: Construction site showing wooden structures and metal stock
1922 September 25
6a
2006.7.54: Pile drivers and other machines at construction site
1922 September 25
6a
2006.7.55: Early bridge framing
1922 October 20
6a 1922 December 27
6a
2006.7.57: Industrial backdrop of the bridge
1922 December 27
6a 1922 December 27
6a
2006.7.59: Detail of wooden supports
1923 February 14
6a
2006.7.60: Men with cement and rebar
1923 March 23
6a
2006.7.61: Rebar detail
1923 March 23
6a 1923 May 3
6b
2006.7.63: Site showing piers under construction
1923 July 23
6b
2006.7.64: Industrial setting at bridge site
1923 September 14
6b
2006.7.65: Temporary drawbridge completed in 1917
1923 October 22
6b 1923 October 22
6b
2006.7.67: Bridge piers from water level
1923 December 7
6b
2006.7.68: Dapper man atop a steel beam
1924 April 21
6b
2006.7.69: Detail of steel beams and pier, showing pier mechanisms
1924 April 21
6b 1924 April 21
6b
2006.7.71: Detail of steel girding
1924 April 21
6b
2006.7.72: One end of bridge span
1924 May 20
6b
2006.7.73: Panorama of the bridge and its surroundings
2 pictures taped together
1924 May 20
6c
2006.7.74: Low wooden buttress structure with utility poles in background
1924 May 20
6c 1924 May 20
6c 1924 May 20
6c
2006.7.76: Workers, rebar and lumber at construction site
1924 June 28
6c
2006.7.77: Completed bridge pier
1924 June 28
6c 1924 June 28
6c
2006.7.79: Detail of wooden support structure with scaffolding
1924 August 13
6c
2006.7.80: Elevated roadway leading to bridge
1924 August 13
6c 1924 August 13
6c
2006.7.82: Ramp under construction
1924 August 13
6c
2006.7.83: One side of the bridge span under construction
1924 August 13
6c 1924 September 2
6c
2006.7.85: Roadway leading to bridge
1924 September 2
6c
2006.7.86: Finished section of bridge deck
1924 November 12
6d
2006.7.87: Finished section of bridge deck
1924 November 12
6d
2006.7.88: Completed roadway leading to bridge
1925 March 11
6d circa late 1924
6d
2006.7.90: Bridge from a distance
circa late 1924
6d
2006.7.91: Detail showing nail pattern in wood, worker's legs and sledgehammer
circa late 1924
6d circa late 1924
6d
2006.7.93: Nearly completed deck
circa late 1924
6d
2006.7.94:  Panorama featuring both the new and the old bridge
2 pictures taped together.
On front of image: "Nearly finished"
circa late 1924
6d circa early 1925
6d circa early 1925
6d
2006.7.97: Bridge fully opened
circa early 1925
6d
2006.7.98: Men standing near wooden structure of bridge pier
Frank H. Nowell (photographer)
circa early 1925
6d
2006.7.99: Wooden structure of bridge pier
Frank H. Nowell (photographer)
circa early 1925
Lake Washington Ship Canal
After five and a half years of construction, the Lake Washington Ship Canal opened on May 8, 1917. It connects Lake Washington, Lake Union, Salmon Bay, and Puget Sound.
1916, 1923
Folder
7 1916 May 4
8
2006.7.101: Looking northeast from Smith Tower
circa 1923
Miscellaneous
1923
Folder
9
2006.7.102: Subterranean tunnel with rail tracks
1923 September 21
9
2006.7.103: Junction of two underground tunnels
1923 September 21

Drawings, Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
folder-oversize
10
2006.7.104-105: Montlake Stadium Bridge
2 drawings each 16.25 x 6.5 inches
Edward K. Triol (creator)
Two design proposals for bridge, by Edward K. Triol
1923 April
shelf
5a.2.1
2006.7.106: "Engineer's Side Elevation, West Spokane Street Bridge, View Looking South"
7.5 x 42 inches
J.D. Blackwell, City Engineer (creator)
1922 September

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Ballard Bridge (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Bridge construction--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Bridges--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Fremont Bridge (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Lake Washington Ship Canal (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Montlake Bridge (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Public works--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • University Bridge (Seattle, Wash.)
  • West Spokane Street Bridge No. 1 (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • United States--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Nowell, Frank H., 1864-1950 (creator)
    • Lee, James P. (James Patrick), b. 1894 (creator)