This attractive arch bridge retains good historic integrity. The historic bridge inventory provides details below.
Information and Findings From New Jersey's Historic Bridge Inventory
The 1916 reinforced concrete arch has paneled parapets with posts with stepped caps. Within the boundaries of the Spring Lake multiple property listing, the unaltered bridge appears eligible under the nomination's specified criteria for landscape and recreation structures. It spans Wreck Pond, a naturally occurring recreational feature and park, and is part of the street plan and general landscaping and public improvements that contributed to Spring Lake's transformation into a resort community. The bridge is individually eligible for listing in the National Register under Criteria A and C, and is a contributing element of the Spring Lake Multiple Property District.
The two lane bridge with two sidewalks spans Wreck Pond on the corporate line between Spring Lake to the north and Sea Girt to the south. The neighborhood is a well-maintained coastal resort community with late-19th and early 20th-century detached houses bordering the lake. Spring Lake Borough is a National Register multiple property listing (1870-1935) including hotels and boarding houses, residences, churches, commercial and civic buildings, and landscape and recreation structures.
The First Avenue bridge carries two lanes of traffic with two sidewalks over Wreck Pond. The bridge is a 77-foot span reinforced-concrete elliptical arch. It has concrete parapets with paneled posts with stepped caps. The parapets extend over the long, plain concrete wing walls. Utility pipes have been added on the downstream side of the bridge. The span appears to survive in unaltered condition.
Historical and Technological Significance
The First Avenue reinforced concrete arch bridge built in 1916 is significant for its historical
association (Criterion A) with the development of Spring Lake as a shore resort from 1870 to 1935. It meets the registration requirements
for landscape and recreational structures (Property Type #5, Section F, pp. 23-28) in the 1990 Spring Lake Multiple Property
Documentation Form. Spring Lake is a well-preserved resort community with numerous surviving hotels, summer residences, churches,
civic and business buildings, and landscape features. It is representative of several Jersey Shore resorts that in the late nineteenth
century were established and promoted by real estate developers.
Boundary Description and Justification
The bridge is eligible under the existing registration requirements spelled out in the 1990 Spring Lake Multiple Property Documentation Form National Register nomination. The boundaries of the nomination are the Spring Lake Borough corporate boundaries. Wreck Pond is Spring Lake Borough's southern corporate boundary and the bridge spans the pond, so it is within the National Register listed area.
Office of New Jersey Heritage. National Register File: Monmouth County; Spring Lake, New Jersey as a Coastal Resort, 1870-1935, 1990.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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