This bridge is a classic example of a Dean and Westbrook Phoenix Column through truss. Dean and Westbrook, who were noted engineers and contractors who started in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to New York City, frequently ordered bridges fabricated by the Phoenix Bridge Company of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. This bridge would have been a typical example in their time. Today it is an extremely rare and beautiful structure, mainly due to its ornate plaque, decorative portal bracing, and attractive Phoenix columns.
The Farley Bridge retains decent historic integrity with some alterations. The flooring system including floorbeams has been replaced. Original railings are not present on the bridge. One unusual alteration is that the final lower foot or so of vertical members has been encased in a thin jacket of concrete. Also makeshift poles have been welded to the top of the vertical members to act as knee bracing.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Phoenix Columns
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