This bridge is an attractive arch bridge that also includes two concrete t-beam approach spans. The t-beam approach spans feature decoratively arched fascia beams that hide the straight nature of the interior beams. The bridge features an attractive and somewhat unusual concrete balustrade railing design.
Emos L. Seeds and John Derham Jr. of the firm Seeds and Derham of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was the contractor for the bridge. The company was located in the Germantown area of Philadelphia.
This bridge is slated for rehabilitation.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 7 span, 670' long, ribbed open spandrel arch bridge was built in 1924 by the county, and its handsome detailing, which includes the stylized consoles supporting the cantilevered deck sections and the Neo-Classical balustrades, reflect the tenets of the City Beautiful movement. It is one of 4 large open spandrel arch bridges built in the city, and this one is significant as one of the most handsome. Its aesthetics reflects the qualities for which the best examples of the technology are noted.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane city street over the Schuylkill River, River Road, and a line of the Reading RR on the northwest side of Reading. It is beyond the electric substation and turn-of-the-century rowhouse neighborhoods, and there are early to mid-19th century houses along the river. The northeast side of the bridge is dominated by a modern factory. There is a highly altered building with an 18th century nucleus beyond the northwest quadrant. The bridge was taken into the state system in 1946.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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