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Colorado Street Bridge, Spanning Arroyo Seco at Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, Los Angeles County, CA



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Item Title


Location
Spanning Arroyo Seco at Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER CA-58
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-16).
Building/structure dates: 1913 initial construction
Significance: The Colorado Street Bridge is an eleven-arched reinforced concrete structure, the longest and highest bridge of its time. It was the first high bridge across the Arroyo Seco, and is an important visual landmark in Pasadena. Through its design and construction, the bridge represents the advancing concrete technology of the twentieth century and the ornamental aesthetic of the late nineteenth century. The Colorado Street Bridge was designed by one of the nation's foremost bridge engineers, and constructed by a well-known California builder. The local community played an important role in planning and funding construction.

Related Names
Waddell, Joseph A.
Mercereau, John D.


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. OVERALL VIEW OF BRIDGE, LOOKING NORTH. THE PIONEER BRIDGE, CONSTRUCTED IN 1951-53, CAN BE SEEN BEHIND THE OLDER BRIDGE.
2. OVERALL VIEW OF BRIDGE, LOOKING NORTH. THE PIONEER BRIDGE CAN BE SEEN BEHIND THE OLDER BRIDGE.
3. OVERALL VIEW SHOWING MIDDLE PORTION OF BRIDGE, LOOKING NORTH.
4. VIEW SHOWING TWO SPANS NEAR CENTER OF BRIDGE, LOOKING NORTH. THE SMALLER PARKER-MAYBERRY BRIDGE CAN BE SEEN BELOW THE MAIN BRIDGE, AND THE NEW PIONEER BRIDGE IS IN THE BACKGROUND. THE ARROYO CHANNEL, CONSTRUCTED BY THE WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION DURING THE 1930s, IS VISIBLE ALONG THE ARROYO SECO BELOW THE PARKER-MAYBERRY BRIDGE.
5. VIEW OF BRIDGE, LOOKING EAST FROM THE ARROYO SECO. THE PARKER-MAYBERRY BRIDGE IS IN THE RIGHT FOREGROUND.
6. VIEW OF BRIDGE, LOOKING WEST FROM THE ARROYO SECO. THE PARKER-MAYBERRY BRIDGE IS IN THE LEFT FOREGROUND, AND THE PIONEER BRIDGE CAN BE SEEN IN THE DISTANCE.
7. DETAIL VIEW AT EAST EMBANKMENT. THE STRUCTURAL CONCRETE ARCH SYSTEM OF THE BRIDGE IS VISIBLE FROM BELOW.
8. DETAIL VIEW AT EAST EMBANKMENT. THE SMALLER ARCHED SECTIONS WHICH SUPPORT THE ROADWAY ALONG THE HILLSIDE ARE VISIBLE AT THE LEFT.
9. VIEW OF BRIDGE NEAR CENTER SPAN, LOOKING NORTH FROM THE ARROYO SECO. THE PARKER-MAYBERRY BRIDGE IS BELOW THE COLORADO STREET BRIDGE, THE PIONEER BRIDGE IS IN THE BACKGROUND.
10. DETAIL NEAR CENTER OF SPAN, LOOKING NORTH FROM THE ARROYO SECO. THIS VIEW IS EAST OF THE PARKER-MAYBERRY BRIDGE, WITH THE PIONEER BRIDGE IN THE BACKGROUND.
11. DETAIL NEAR CENTER OF SPAN, LOOKING SOUTH FROM THE ARROYO SECO. DETAIL VIEW OF THE PARKER-MAYBERRY BRIDGE, THE ARROYO CHANNEL, AND THE LOWER PORTION OF THE COLORADO STREET BRIDGE.
12. DETAIL VIEW OF STRUCTURE, FROM BELOW. VIEW OF THE PARKER-MAYBERRY BRIDGE AND PART OF THE STRUCTURE OF THE COLORADO STREET BRIDGE, SEEN FROM THE ARROYO SECO BELOW THE COLORADO STREET BRIDGE
13. DETAIL VIEW OF BRIDGE, LOOKING SOUTH FROM ROADWAY. DETAIL VIEW OF THE PIERS AND LIGHTING FIXTURES ON THE COLORADO STREET BRIDGE. THIS VIEW SHOWS A PORTION OF THE BRIDGE ALONG THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE ROADWAY. EACH FIXTURE ALSO ORIGINALLY HAD FOUR ADDITIONAL GLOBES, WHICH EXTENDED FROM THE COLUMN BELOW THE MAIN GLOBE. THE 'REFUGE' SEATING AREAS ARE ORIGINAL, WHILE THE RAILING IS A LATER ADDITION.


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