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The Golden Gate Bridge's Accidental Color

Chris Higgins

Architect Irving Morrow designed the Golden Gate Bridge, and he chose its color. The three popular bridge colors of the day -- black, gray, and silver, wouldn't cut it. Morrow disdained black: it would reduce the scale of the bridge; gray would not be distinctive; and silver was more suited to a dirigible. So how did he arrive at the bridge's "International Orange" that's so iconic today?

Learn how the bridge's unusual color came to be in this two-minute video from NPR:

The Golden Gate Bridge's Accidental Color from NPR on Vimeo.

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