This bridge is a traditional example of a concrete t-beam bridge built in Pennsylvania in the 1920s. It rests on a stone substructure, likely from a previous bridge. It is unaltered and as such has good historic integrity, and it adds to the historic feel of the nearby historic district.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The bridge is located on the boundary of a setting that has been listed as a historic district. The period of significance of the district is 1738 to 1945 The bridge was not rated in the historic district nomination. The bridge is a 2-span, 75'-long, reinforced concrete T beam bridge with paneled parapets and rubble masonry abutments and pier. It is a good representative example of the type of T beam bridges that were built in great numbers throughout the state from the 1910s through the 1950s. Built in 1928, the bridge has good integrity of design, and is recommended as a contributing resource.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over the West Branch of Brandywine Creek on the boundary of the Hatfield-Hibernia Historic District. The large district recognizes the rural area for its rural architecture and history of numerous water-powered industries lining the creek. The period of significance focuses on 1738 to 1945, the latter date identified as the year the last grist mill closed.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes, Contributing Resource
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