This four panel bridge was built by the Corrugated Metal Company. The plaque on the bridge lists the 1878 patent date for the bridge, but this does not mean the bridge was built in that year. However, it is likely the bridge was built relatively soon after the patent date, because the Corrugated Metal Company later changed its name to the Berlin Iron Bridge Company.
Like any surviving lenticular truss bridge, this bridge is nationally significant as an extremely rare and important type of metal truss bridge. The design was known for its graceful and distinctive lens-like shape. The design was one that the Corrugated Metal Company patented and built in various places in the country, from New England to Texas. The company later became the Berlin Iron Bridge Company of East Berlin, Connecticut. Today lenticular truss bridges are distinguished as one of the rarest types of bridge in the country. Any remaining example is extremely significant and should be given high priority for preservation.
This bridge is one of an amazing trio of lenticular truss bridges in the village of Homer. It is truly impressive to see that all three of these bridges have been left alone all these years and not replaced. It is imperative that these bridges be preserved and cared for, since although each is extremely significant in its own right, to be able to have three different lenticular truss bridges within walking distance is a unique treasure that should be cherished by the village of Homer.
The Wall Street Bridge is the only one of the three lenticular truss bridges in Homer that continues to carry vehicular traffic today. It would be nice to see this bridge maintained and preserved in such a way that at least one of the bridges can carry vehicles, with the other two being continuing to carry pedestrian traffic only. Being able to drive across a historic bridge is an enjoyable experience that is nice to retain if possible.
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