That’s right! The famous Sydney Harbour Bridge (in Sydney, Australia) is actually modeled after NYC’s somewhat dilapidated railway crossing known as the Hell Gate Bridge.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is about 60% bigger (from what I’ve read) but both are equally impressive up close.

The decisive influence was unquestionably the opportunity to see the completed Hell Gate Bridge in New York – the greatest arch bridge of its time, designed in 1905 by Gustav Lindenthal and opened in 1916/1917. This magnificent rail bridge spans the treacherous strait between the East River and Long Island Sound and was built to connect the New Haven and Pennsylvania Railroad systems. Bradfield’s 1923 single-arch specification for the Sydney Harbour Bridge, in essence, derives from Lindenthal’s work in its structural system, construction method and monumental presence. Bridging Sydney should have given greater space to Lindenthal’s achievement, and to the similarities and differences between the Hell Gate Bridge and its Southern Hemisphere progeny.