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Tidal Reservoir, Inlet Bridge, Ohio Drive, spanning Inlet of Tidal Basin, Washington, District of Columbia, DC



B&W Photos

HB293470
South (river) Elevation, View From West Bank.

HB293471
South Elevation, View From East Bank.

HB293472
North (reservoir) Elevation, View From East Bank.

HB293473
Detail Of North Elevation, Looking West.

HB293474
Deck View, Looking West, Showing Reservoir At Right And Lincoln Memorial At Distant Center.

HB293475
Detail Of Bridge Balustrade, North Side, Top Of Washington Monument Visible At Top-center.

HB293476
Detail Of Ornamental Fountain On North Balustrade.


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Item Title


Location
spanning Inlet of Tidal Basin, Washington, DC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER DC-9-A
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N738).
Building/structure dates: 1908 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1926 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1970 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1986 subsequent work
Significance: The Tidal Reservoir Inlet Bridge is a successful blending of engineering designs and necessities while achieving the height of aesthetics. The tidal gates of the inlet control and regulate the water received from the river according to the tidal action and the pressure exerted or not exerted on the tidal gates. As a focal point of Potomac Park, the Tidal Reservoir Inlet Bridge contributed to the monumental design of the Capital City. Its configuration adheres to the park design concept that a bridge should blend into a park setting effectively so as not to detract from the park. The bridge was also designed to include a roadway at a time automobile traffic was only beginning to appear. The design of the bridge shows the influence of the Neo-Classical style with ornate details such as gargoyles and classical balustrades.

Subjects
Sidewalks
Reservoirs
Pedestrian Bridges


Related Names
Wyeth, Nathan C.
Cosby, Col. Spencer
U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers
Morrow, Maj. Jay
Carter & Clark
Kendall, J. B.
Caouette, Jill Patricia, Delineator
Shipe, Mary Kendall, Historian
Lowe, Jet, Photographer


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. SOUTH (RIVER) ELEVATION, VIEW FROM WEST BANK.
2. SOUTH ELEVATION, VIEW FROM EAST BANK.
3. NORTH (RESERVOIR) ELEVATION, VIEW FROM EAST BANK.
4. DETAIL OF NORTH ELEVATION, LOOKING WEST.
5. DECK VIEW, LOOKING WEST, SHOWING RESERVOIR AT RIGHT AND LINCOLN MEMORIAL AT DISTANT CENTER.
6. DETAIL OF BRIDGE BALUSTRADE, NORTH SIDE, TOP OF WASHINGTON MONUMENT VISIBLE AT TOP-CENTER.
7. DETAIL OF ORNAMENTAL FOUNTAIN ON NORTH BALUSTRADE.


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