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K Street Bridge, Spanning Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway, Washington, District of Columbia, DC



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Item Title


Location
Spanning Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway, Washington, DC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER DC-20
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N129).
Building/structure dates: 1939 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1947 subsequent work
Significance: K Street was the site of the second crossing between Georgetown and Washington, with a bridge built here in 1792. The present bridge is an important link in the transportation artery that connects K Street in Washington to the Virginia and Maryland suburbs via the Whitehurst Freeway. Though its massive form creates a visual barrier in the midst of the parkway, the stone facing and arcuation represents an attempt to match the other Rock Creek spans. The same team of designers are responsible for this bridge produced Massachusetts Avenue Bridge (HAER No. DC-22).

Subjects
Bridges
Transportation
Grade Separations


Related Names
Justement, Louis
Harrington & Cortelyou
District Of Columbia Highway Department
Schiavi, Vincent
Department Of Public Works, District Of Columbia
Boucher, Jack, Photographer
Ross, Amy, Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
2. SOUTH ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTHWEST
3. SOUTH ELEVATION, LOOKING EAST
4. HISTORIC VIEW OF K STREET BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, APRIL 17, 1941. MLK LIBRARY (Negative No. 2622).
5. HISTORIC VIEW LOOKING FROM PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE BRIDGE SOUTH TO OLD (1907 STEEL-GIRDER) K STREET BRIDGE. MLK LIBRARY.
6. DRAWING OF ORIGINAL K STREET BRIDGE, LEONARD HARBAUGH ARCHITECT, 28TH MARCH, 1792. USED IN OCTAGON BRIDGE EXHIBIT, NOVEMBER 1975; SOURCE, COMMISSION OF FINE ARTS.


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