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Old Harvard Street Bridge, Spanning Rock Creek at National Zoological Park, Washington, District of Columbia, DC
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Spanning Rock Creek at National Zoological Park, Washington, DC
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
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.
Concrete Arch Bridges
Melan Construction Company
Geisel Construction Company
Beach, Capt. Lansing H.
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
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
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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