about this site
This website is a compilation of information relating to the current status, history, and potential future of the Ravine Road Bridge in Milwaukee’s Lake Park.
The early-Modernist bridge was designed in 1905 by George Bowman Ferry and Afred C. Clas (Ferry & Clas) and is believed to be one of the only bridges on which the renowned architects collaborated. In 1892, Frederick Law Olmsted master-planned Lake Park and sited the bridge’s location and a road connecting Lake Drive and a planned “shore drive.” Reports indicate that the Olmsted Sons firm oversaw the park’s completion, including this bridge.
Freelance graphic designer Rebecca Silber created the site and is collating information from many sources. Groups and individuals are advocating for a bridge solution that retains Lake Park’s authentic character and historical significance so it continues to shine as the crown jewel of Milwaukee County Parks.
Right image: vintage photo of the Ravine Road Bridge in 1912. Courtesy of Bill Spransy.