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Tower Grove Park Bridges

Tower Grove Park Bridges

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 15, 2016

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Tower Grove Park Walkways Over Middle Stream
St. Louis: St. Louis City, Missouri: United States
Structure Type
Metal Hingeless Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1872 By Builder/Contractor: Thomas Howard and Company of St. Louis, Missouri

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
21.6 Feet (6.58 Meters)
Structure Length
21.6 Feet (6.58 Meters)
Roadway Width
13.7 Feet (4.18 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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HAER Drawings, PDF - HAER Data Pages, PDF

These two identical bridges are the most significant of a collection of tiny bridges built in this park in the 1800s. They are extremely rare examples of cast iron bridge construction in the United States and they date to ca. 1868-1872 making them extremely old surviving examples of metal bridge construction as well. The arch bridges consist of a deck that follows the shape of the arch, and railings that are connected to the structural arch, forming a bridge with a rather uniform arched appearance. The rich ornamentation which is painted in a beautiful multi-color paint scheme, look like something more commonly found in the United Kingdom, not the United States. These bridges are small but highly significant and unique bridges. The name of the builder is cast into the bottom of the arch's crown.

The photo gallery for this bridge also has a few photos of the other small stone arch and beam bridges that were built in this park around the same time and remain today. They can all be found on the road and the parallel walkways of the circle drive that runs through the park.

This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Cast Iron


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