Note: Portrait made by Heike Wuensch (2010)
Washington Augustus
Roebling (1837 - 1926)
Washington Augustus Roebling was born as the first child by Johann and Johanna Roebling in Saxonburg/Pennsylvania on May 26th, 1837. He passed his test as a Civil Engineer in July 1857. He could gain valuable experience as a soldier in the American Civil War (1861 - 1864) in the practice of bridge building. He married in January 1865 the 21-year-old Emily Warren. As of spring 1865 he supported his father at the completion of the Ohio Bridge in Cincinnati. His father sent the young couple to Europe in summer 1867 so that Washington could study the compressed air proceedings for the foundation of piers under water. After the tragic death of his father he was appointed Chief Engineer on August 3rd, 1869. The work on the bridge was started on January 3rd, 1870. In summer 1872 he suffered from the caisson disease it kept him away from physical work, since he was paralyzed. His wife Emily was respected by the engineers as a spokeswoman for Washington Roebling. She was a lovely and stately woman who had recognized the seriousness of the situation. Throughout arduous years he had terrible pains and fought on for his objective. The paternal dream objective was finally perfect. The whole town celebrated the largest building on the American continent dated on May 24th, 1883. The Brooklyn Bridge remains a magnificent monument of New York and an attractive suspension bridge from the 19th Century. The bridge is worldwide the only one with a broad pedestrian promenade in middle of the bridge. One spirit can gaze at the remarkable suspension bridge in admiration as a “cathedral made of steel” today and could be fascinated by its esthetics.