The Inferiority Complex of the Williamsburg Bridge

Scientific American, ca. 1903 (by way of Ephemeral New York):

As a matter of fact, the (Williamsburg) Bridge is an engineer’s bridge pure and simple. The eye may range from anchorage to anchorage, and from pier to finial of the tower without finding a single detail that suggests controlling motive, either in its design or fashioning other than bald utility.

Which is what makes it so great.