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School Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: April 12, 2022

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
School Street (TR-423) Over Sixpenny Creek
Location
Union Township: Berks County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1907 By Builder/Contractor: Ferro-Concrete Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
33.0 Feet (10.1 Meters)
Structure Length
33.0 Feet (10.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
17.7 Feet (5.39 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
5471

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Bridge Documentation

This is an outstanding and unaltered example of an early concrete arch bridge built by a pioneering concrete bridge company to Luten patents. The Ferro-Concrete Company is shown as builder on the plaque and as based in Philadelphia. More research is needed to confirm if this is the same as the Harrisburg Ferro-Concrete Construction Company company (it is assumed they are the same) and if in turn this Pennsylvania company was related to the Cincinnati based company of the exact same name which built concrete buildings in the United States and Canada. The reason for this confusion is because "Ferro-Concrete" was an early term for reinforced concrete and companies may have wished to use this name as the company name to promote this new material. 

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Discussion of Bridge

The 33' long reinforced concrete deck arch bridge was built in 1907 by the Ferro Concrete Co. of Philadelphia, a known licensee of Daniel Luten's patented designs. It is finished with the concrete parapets with incised panels that are common to Luten's bridges. Luten was an important and prolific early proponent of reinforced concrete arch bridges, and it is known that they were once common in Berks County. Few as early and complete as this example survive. The School Street bridge is historically and technologically significant as an early example of its technology that was marketed and fabricated by a firm associated with the advancement of the bridge type.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in Monocacy. To the west are altered late- 19th century brick houses and to the east are more scattered but equally as altered houses. The area does not have the integrity to be a potential historic district.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Luten and Unorganized Photos

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