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Boulder Bridge, Spanning Rock Creek at Beach Drive, South of Joyce, Washington, District of Columbia, DC



B&W Photos

HB293554
Upriver Elevation, Looking Northeast.

HB293555
Arch Detail, Downcreek Elevation.

HB293556
Downcreek Elevation, Southern Portion Of Bridge.

HB293557
North End Of Bridge Deck.


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Item Title


Location
South of Joyce, Washington, DC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER DC-12
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N266).
Building/structure dates: 1901 initial construction
Significance: Boulder Bridge is one of the earliest extant bridges in Rock Creek Park. Constructed in 1902, the bridge exemplifies the idea of rustic architecture in the early twentieth century National Parks. It is a Melan reinforced concrete arch bridge with a unique boulder facing. The boulder facing blends into the bridge's surroundings, creating a structure that is both functionally and aesthetically complimentary to the natural setting. Also, the length of the span and the size of the boulders make it unique even among other stone-faced bridges.

Subjects
Concrete Arch Bridges
Transportation
Vehicular Bridges


Related Names
Douglas, John Watkinson
Beach, Col. Lansing H.
Talty & Allen
Miller, Marcia, Historian
Lowe, Jet, Photographer


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. UPRIVER ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTHEAST.
2. ARCH DETAIL, DOWNCREEK ELEVATION.
3. DOWNCREEK ELEVATION, SOUTHERN PORTION OF BRIDGE.
4. NORTH END OF BRIDGE DECK.


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