Architect of San Diego-Coronado Bridge dies at 94


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LA JOLLA, Calif. -- The architecture and design world lost a true innovator and artist Sunday, while San Diego lost the man credited with creating one of its most iconic landmarks, the San Diego-Coronado Bridge.

Robert Mosher passed away Sunday in his La Jolla home. The 94-year-old architect is credited as one of the last living mid-century modern designers. Those who knew him say he was committed to creating beautiful designs that were also functional and enhanced their environment. Thus, despite being opposed to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge project, he volunteered to design it.

“He understood the bridge is symbol of this whole region," said Bruce Linder, executive director of the Coronado Historical Association. “He wanted to be part of this project primarily to make it successful looking, make it iconic, make it a symbol and make it so everybody felt good about it because there was so much dissension.”

The dissension was from Coronado residents and the Navy, which had specific requirements to sail ships in and out of the bay.

Mosher was so completely committed to the project’s success that he oversaw every element, including choosing and then creating the iconic blue paint, which everyone told him was mistake. True to his philosophy, the graceful and elegant bridge changed San Diego, inspiring growth and prosperity.

In recent years, the Port of San Diego created a fund to pay for colored lights to secure to the pilings of the bridge so that at night they would light up and change colors.

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