This bridge is nearby to the Schenley Bridge, but is NOT the Schenley Bridge. This is the Panther Hollow Bridge, a nearby structure of the same design on the same road. Unlike the Schenley Bridge, the Panther Hollow Bridge includes decorative panthers on the top of the bridge.
This bridge is a very old and large example of steel arch technology, and is also a rare example of a three-hinged deck arch. Just as noteworthy are the bridge's stone arch approach spans. These feature the rare elliptical shape of stone arch. Located in a park setting, this bridge should be considered among the greatest of Pittsburgh's treasures, thanks to its historic significance, aesthetic value, and location in a park where many can enjoy seeing the structure.
The metal railings on the main span of the bridge are not original. While they are old, ornate, and have historic value, they are clearly not the original railings. Instead, they are a standard railing design Pittsburgh used many years ago. The railings interior details were designed to look like wheat. The two historical photos below show the bridges with the original railing design visible.
A trail system runs under the stone arches of this bridge and provides a great way in which to view this bridge.
Above: Early 20th Century Photos of Bridge. Source: Library of Congress
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