The Historic Bridge Inventory condemns this beautiful masonry bridge with stone spandrel walls and brick ring as altered and points to a better example, but it turns out the better example is way over in Chester County. In Perry County this is an outstanding example of an uncommon bridge type. The Historic Bridge Inventory did not consider the bridge's local significance. Given the local rarity of the bridge design, and given that despite alteration the major original components of the bridge remain intact and correctly convey the original design, this bridge should be considered historic.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 1-span, 34'-long brick arch bridge has fieldstone spandrel walls and parapets. Two sections of stone parapet have been lost and replaced with concrete. The spandrel walls and parapets have been inappropriately pargetted and repointed. The builder and date of construction are undocumented by available township records, but the bridge dates by style to ca. 1890. Brick arch highway bridges date primarily in the last quarter of the 19th century, and are not a common highway bridge type in Pennsylvania. This example, one of approximately 25 identified, has lost integrity of original design due to the pargetted and repaired spandrel walls and parapets. More complete examples of similar age and design better represent the technological significance of the bridge type (e.g. 15 4006 0060 1731).
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries one lane of traffic over a stream in a sparsely developed, forested setting.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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