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Bluffs Footbridge, Washington, District of Columbia, DC



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Location
Washington, DC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER DC-33
Building/structure dates: 1934 initial construction
Significance: Bluffs Footbridge is one of a series of eight footbridges built in Rock Creek Park during the Depression, of which Bluffs Footbridge (HAER No. DC-14) is the most notable. All these bridges were Public Works Administration projects. The rustic style exemplifies the type of crossing advocated by Albert H. Good in his sourcebook Park Structures and Facilities (1935). Good recommended stone or wood as a construction material, and a rugged or informal appearance for bridges in park settings. However, concrete was acceptable for reasons of economy, but only so long as the material was expressed honestly. In his book, Good illustrated the Bluffs Footbridge, and described it as a 'frankly concrete" bridge in Rock Creek Park.

Subjects
Pedestrian Bridges
Concrete Arch Bridges
Transportation


Related Names
National Park Service
Boucher, Jack, Photographer
Ross, Amy, Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. SOUTH ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTH
2. EAST END, LOOKING WEST


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