Christian T. Gutleben

Christian Theophil Gutleben (1883 - 1968) was a civil engineer based out of San Francisco, California. Gutleben's work spans from residential design all the way to large scale bridge structures and overseas government projects.

Gutleben was born in Fontanelle, Nebraska in 1883 where he attended a country school as a boy. He attended college at the University of Nebraska where he obtained an education in engineering. After migrating to California in 1905 he created the contracting firm of Gutleben Brothers. Gutleben began working for J.H. Pomeroy & Co. in 1934 after Gulteben Brothers ceased operations.

Gutleben's record as a bridge designer is highlighted by a beautiful collection of reinforced concrete arch bridges throughout the California coast and in the Los Angeles area. Gutleben also played a significant roll in the construction of the arch structures and approach spans to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Source: Online Archives of California, Gutleben Collection, 1916-1959, # 2342-2379


Angeles Forest Highway Big Tujunga Canyon Bridge (Los Angeles County, California)
Built 1941
Concrete arch bridge over Big Tujunga Cyn on Angeles Forest Highway
Open to traffic

Big Creek Bridge (Monterey County, California)
Built 1938
Concrete arch bridge over Big Creek on CA 1
Open to traffic

Big Dann Creek Bridge (Mendocino County, California)
Built 1931
Concrete arch bridge over Big Dann Creek on CA 271
Open to traffic

Cedar Creek Bridge (Mendocino County, California)
Built 1931
Concrete arch bridge over Cedar Creek on CA 271
Open to traffic

Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road Bridge (Los Angeles County, California)
Bridge over Big Tujunga Creek on Big Tujunga Canyon Road
Open to traffic