19 Rare Photos Of Iconic Landmarks Before They Were Finished.

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The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA (completed in 1937)

Creativity, purpose, and patience with no end are the key ingredients to some of the world's most beautiful landmarks. For example, there were many oppositions to San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge even before it was built.

The Sierra Club, an environmental organization, and lauded photographer and member Ansel Adams opposed the structure because they believed it would tear away at the area's natural beauty. It wasn't only the environmentalists. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the idea had to withstand so much more:

"It took several favorable court rulings, an enabling act from the State legislature, two Federal hearings prior to approval from the U.S. Department of War (which had long feared that any bridge across San Francisco Bay would hinder navigation), a guarantee that local workers would have first crack at the jobs, and a mass boycott of the ferry service operated by the Southern Pacific Railroad (which had opposed the bridge because it would end the company's monopoly on cross-bay traffic). It also took a new design.

Today, it is considered by many to be the most famous bridge in the world. In the compilation below, you'll find many other well-known landmarks such as the Louvre in Paris and the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland while they were still under construction. Many people admire and photograph them today, but can you imagine the lack of support each received during the initial stages?