Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Hope Memorial Bridge: Formerly the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, Cleveland Ohio, the "Guardians of Traffic" statues designed by sculptor Henry Hering and architect Frank Walker

The 8 figures were carved in sandstone and created by sculptor Henry Hering and architect Frank Walker. They were meant to “typify the spirit of progress in transportation”, so each figure holds a different form of ground transport.

The Hope Memorial Bridge was renovated and christened as such in the 1980's in honor of a family of Cleveland stonemasons, who also happened to be the family of native son, Bob Hope.

The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, the year that then County Engineer, Albert Porter, threated to remove the historic pylons, calling them "monstrosities".

Romanised assyrian genii, with wrap around wings, that guarded the cities and palaces were given mercury helmets, bookended the four pylons. The 43' pylons were cut from local, Berea, sandstone. The bridge was opened in 1932 after more than a decade of carping, and delays. This is the most monumental display of Cleveland deco.

update, today, July 23rd, the major league baseball team in Cleveland, caved in to peer pressure, and changed their name to the Guardians, based on the bridge statues


  1. I think I drove across this bridge a couple months ago, and I didn't notice the sculptures. I guess I was worried about where I was going. I'll have to pay more attention the next time I'm in Cleveland.

    1. Like that old adage Stop and smell the RosesūüėČ

  2. I thought you had posted about the Guardians of Traffic before, so I was wondering if you had heard about the Indians changing their name to Guardians. You were already on top of it.