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



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Item Title
M Street Bridge, Spanning Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway, Washington, District of Columbia, DC

Location
Spanning Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway, Washington, DC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER DC-37
Building/structure dates: 1929 initial construction
Significance: M Street Bridge spans Rock Creek valley at the site of the oldest bridge in the District of Columbia. Although representative of mid twentieth-century bridge architecture in the United States, the appearance of the fifth and present M Street Bridge conflicted with the architectural aesthetics for park-structure design established by the Commission of Fine Arts, and it was erected without that organization's approval. It is the only non-arch bridge crossing Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway.

Subjects
Steel Girder Bridges
Transportation


Related Names
McComb, David
Farris Construction Company
DC Department Of Public Works
Harris, Albert L.
American Bridge Company
Pittsburgh & Des Moines Steel Company
Boucher, Jack, Photographer
Traceries, Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. LOOKING NORTH FROM PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE BRIDGE
2. LOOKING NORTH FROM BENEATH PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE BRIDGE
3. DETAIL OF SOUTH ELEVATION
4. WEST END OF BRIDGE FROM NORTHWEST
5. DETAIL OF SOUTH ELEVATION
6. BALUSTRADE DETAIL
7. NORTH ELEVATION FROM NORTHWEST
8. 'PLAN OF A BRIDGE FOR CROSSING ROCK CREEK AT BRIDGE STREET, GEORGETOWN,' NO DATE
View looking to bridge (duplicate of HAER No. DC-37-1)


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