The Old San Francisco Bay Bridge, a landmark architectural piece for the Bay Area, was completed on November 12, 1936. Following the partial collapse of the upper deck during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, construction of a new self-anchored suspension bridge began in 2002 which, according to Guinness World Records, is the world’s widest bridge. The Bay Bridge also serves as the logo for the world champion Golden State Warriors.
Demolition of the damaged span of the Bay Bridge began in November 2013 and sadly, most of the metal from the deconstruction was shipped to China to be recycled. However, The Lumber Baron is excited to be able to reclaim the redwood lumber that protected the base of two piers. The protection this barrier provided during the Cosco Busan oil spill of 2007, in which a container ship crashed into one of the towers, is a testament to their strength and historical value. Originally harvested from Northern California’s old growth redwood forests, the reclaimed Bay Bridge redwood lumber from these structures is magnificent. Available in 12×12, 6×12 and 1×12 the color, stability, tight grain structure, and durability are astonishing. Free of knots, this reclaimed Bay Bridge redwood lumber could be milled into 2x slabs to make exquisite furniture pieces (tables, desks, bars, etc.), made into one of a kind interior/exterior siding, or used as is as unique, exposed beams or mantle pieces. Our quantities are limited. Get your piece of Bay Area history before, like the old eastern span, it’s all gone!