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Sylvan Road Bridge

Ravine Bluffs Development Bridge

Sylvan Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: December 13, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Sylvan Road Over Ravine
Location
Glencoe: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Slab, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1984 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Frank Lloyd Wright

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
17 Feet (5.2 Meters)
Structure Length
46 Feet (14 Meters)
Roadway Width
15 Feet (4.57 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
16704210676

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This bridge is a modern bridge and not historic, having been built in 1984. However, it has been included on this website because the bridge was designed to visually replicate the historic bridge it replaced. The bridge is a replacement for a historic concrete slab bridge built in 1915 and designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The historic bridge was a rare example of a bridge known to have been designed by Wright who apparently only designed a couple bridges in his life. As such, the replacement bridge today is still of value in interpreting how Wright applied his distinctive Prairie style of architecture to bridge construction. The bridge displays strong appearance of horizontal lines, a trademark of Wright. Another unusual feature of the three span bridge is that at the base of the two concrete piers, a concrete arch spans between the piers, making it look like a miniature arch bridge is positioned directly below the main bridge. The bridge was built as part of Wright's Ravine Bluffs development. Be sure to review the HAER documentation for an extensive discussion of the bridge.

 

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