The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

In 1930, Dixon designed several studies for the Golden Gate Bridge, which even with San Francisco’s mounting financial strife, helped pass a $35 million bond initiative. There was strong opposition to the project, as it was considered by some to possibly destroy the natural beauty of the bay and the city of Sausalito. 

The Golden Gate Bridge public relations counsel, Charles Duncan—who was married to the artist’s sister, Constance, and who answered to Joseph Strauss, the chief engineer for the bridge— asked Dixon to recommend an architect. Dixon’s answer—Irving Foster Morrow, a little-known architect at the time. Ten drawings of the Golden Gate Bridge by Dixon show preliminary renderings of the bridge.

Maynard Dixon’s American West- Sponsor’s Panel
  1. Introduction
  2. Illustrations
  3. Arizona & New Mexico 1900-1905
  4. Kit Carson
  5. Montana 1909 & 1917
  6. Arizona & Major Artworks: The 1920s
  7. Tempe & The Apache Lands 1915
  8. The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
  9. The Depression Era & Boulder (Hoover) Dam, Arizona
  10. Taos, New Mexico: The 1930s
  11. Tucson, Arizona & Mount Carmel, Utah The Final Years: 1940-1946
  12. Edith Hamlin 1902 Oakland, California – 1992 San Francisco, California
  13. The Oregon Trail
  14. Poetry