This past December, I visited the New Westminster Museum and Archives in the Anvil Centre. Among the artifacts and panels, one display particularly impressed me: this massive model of the Pattullo Bridge, which spans almost the entire width of the room. It’s an incredibly detailed reconstruction–down to the lampposts and handrails–all that’s missing are miniature vehicles stuck in traffic.
The model was built by Jack Lubzinski, a 16 year-old from Richmond, in his free time over the course of 18 months in 1938-1939. Using photos from the newspaper and visits to the bridge as research, Lubzinski whittled over 100,000 pieces of cedar into shape to construct it.
Before coming to the New Westminster Museum and Archives in 1967, the model was displayed in the Provincial Legislature.
Display captions at New Westminster Museum and Archives.