This stone arch bridge was designed to look like an ancient European stone arch bridge. It contains an elaborate design that includes an ornate plaque and a fancy keystone with the date inscribed into it. The bridge includes small "pedestrian refuges" which is where the parapet bows out at the piers to provide people a place to step out of the roadway and away from traffic. These pedestrian refuges were common on ancient stone arch bridges in Europe, but were apparently never common in the United States. Finally, the bridge's three spans include a large center span flanked by a much smaller span at each end. The varying span sizes add to the distinctive appearance of the bridge. Despite its design made to simulate ancient stone arch bridges, the bridge is not extremely old in the context of American stone arch bridges, with a 1905 construction date. The bridge was clearly designed to be something very special; an architect was a part of the bridge's design. Most of the stone arch bridges in this region were simply designed by local engineers and builders without the input from an architect.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 3-span, 84'-long stone arch bridge was surveyed as part of the 1982 historic bridge survey and is listed in the National Register. The bridge was built in 1905 by J. A. Morris and designed by noted architect Theophilus P. Chandler. The rusticated stone arch bridge consists of one longer center span flanked by two shorter spans. The buttressed centerspan piers are capped by circular-plan pedestrian refuges. An approximately 30'-long section of stone parapet at the northwest wingwall has been lost and replaced by a horizontally scored concrete parapet. The pedestrian refuge at the center span's southwest corner has been removed (ca. 1990)
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed, forested setting.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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