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Chorley Park Bridge

Chorley Park Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: April 12, 2015

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Pedestrian Walkway
Toronto: Toronto City, Ontario: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1911 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
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Structure Length
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Roadway Width
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1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is located in Chorley Park. Today, it is a bridge in a recreational city park that carries a pedestrian walkway over a pedestrian walkway which winds its way down under the bridge for no apparent purpose today. Today, it has the appearance of a bridge without a purpose. However this bridge is essentially the sole surviving remnant of what was once an impressive Government House, a structure built by Ontario as a residence for the lieutenant governor. Completed in 1911-1915, the Government House was a replacement for an older house in a different location. The bridge had a prominent position in the landscape, leading to the forecourt. The Government House was demolished in 1961, the last such house in Ontario.

Credit is due to torontothenandnow.blogspot.com for providing much of this information.

Technologically, the bridge is also noteworthy as an early concrete arch bridge in Ontario, and an rare example of one that features a stone facing. One other example of a stone faced concrete arch bridge in Toronto is the Old Mill Bridge. The original concrete balustrade railings have been replaced with steel railings, however the bridge otherwise appears to retain good historic integrity.

Above: 1911 photo showing bridge under construction.

Above: 1930 aerial photo showing the bridge in relationship to the Government House.

Above: 1916 image showing the original concrete balustrade railing on the bridge.


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