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Old Harvard Street Bridge, Spanning Rock Creek at National Zoological Park, Washington, District of Columbia, DC



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HB300190
Aerial View Looking Southwest (old Harvard Street Bridge At Left, New Bridge At Right)

HB300191
Southeast Facade, Looking North

HB300192
Detail Of Deck And Railings, From Southwest End


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Item Title


Location
Spanning Rock Creek at National Zoological Park, Washington, DC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER DC-26
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N264).
Building/structure dates: 1900 initial construction
Significance: This was the largest of the several Melan-arch bridges built in Rock Creek park in the first years of the twentieth century. Its Neoclasscial detailing differentiates the Old Harvard Street Bridge from others, which were more rustic. Though considered a conservative method of concrete reinforcement by 1900, the Melan arch continued to be widely used for park bridges as it allowed designers to evoke solid masonry construction in an economical manner.

Subjects
Concrete Arch Bridges
Transportation


Related Names
Melan Construction Company
Geisel Construction Company
Beach, Capt. Lansing H.
Brown, Glenn
Melan, Josef
Von Emperger, Fritz
Warshaw, Deborah, Delineator
Pape-Siliwonczuk, Dorota, Delineator
Miller, Evan, Delineator
Nose, Stephen, Delineator
Arcaro, Tony, Delineator
Davis, Tim, Historian
Ross, Amy, Historian
Boucher, Jack, Photographer
Pierce, Elaine, Delineator


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. AERIAL VIEW LOOKING SOUTHWEST (OLD HARVARD STREET BRIDGE AT LEFT, NEW BRIDGE AT RIGHT)
2. SOUTHEAST FACADE, LOOKING NORTH
4. DETAIL OF DECK AND RAILINGS, FROM SOUTHWEST END


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