Colorised History: Iconic Buildings In Mid Construction Brought To Life

18 July 2017

One of the coolest trends in photography now is using colourizing techniques to bring history to life. As covered by Vox, Buzzfeed and even BBC News, we wanted to take this amazing form of art in a different direction for this week’s blog – colourizing the built environment!

The large majority of these have been recreated by Jordan Lloyd of Dynamic Chrome, (also known as Photo Jacker) but another great colorist Dana Keller is also included in this roundup.

 

The Eiffel Tower, July 1888. from ColorizedHistory

The Eiffel Tower is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel.

Constructed from 1887–89 as the entrance to the World’s Fair, it was initially criticised by many prominent artists of the time but it has since become one of the greatest cultural icons of France and one of the most recognisable landmarks in the world.

The tower is 1,063 ft tall and is the tallest structure in Paris. It is also the second-tallest construction in France after the Millau Viaduct.

Tower Bridge under construction, London 1889 from ColorizedHistory

Tower Bridge is an iconic suspension bridge in London built between the years of 1886 and 1894.

The bridge crosses the River Thames and is one of five bridges within the city owned and maintained by the Bridge House Estates Trust.

The bridge consists of two bridge towers tied together at the upper level by two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal tension exerted on the bridge. 

Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, ca. 1935. from ColorizedHistory

The Golden Gate Bridge is a yet another iconic suspension bridge included in our list. The bridge spans the Golden Gate Strait, the channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

The structure links the American city of San Francisco, California to Marin County. The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of the United States and has been said to be one of the modern wonders of the world.

It was described in the Frommer’s travel guide as “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world.”

The Hoover Dam under construction, c.1935 from ColorizedHistory

Hoover Dam, named after President Herbert Hoover was originally known as Boulder Dam from 1933 to 1947. It is a concrete dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River.

It was built between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression. Its construction was a huge undertaking and cost the lives of at least 100 workers.

The winning bid to build the dam was submitted by a consortium called Six Companies, Inc., which began construction on the dam in early 1931. Such a large concrete structure had never been built before, and many of the techniques were unproven at the time. Even though there were many unforeseen difficulties ahead it was completed two years ahead of schedule on March 1st, 1936.

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