Tuttle Bridge, Spanning Housatonic River on Golden Hill Road, Lee, Berkshire County, MA
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Spanning Housatonic River on Golden Hill Road, Lee, MA
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER MA-105
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-23).
Building/structure dates: 1885 initial construction
Significance: The Tuttle Bridge is an excellent, virtually unaltered, example of William O. Douglas's 1885 patent, which he claimed improved upon his earlier (1878) patent for a lenticular truss bridge. The Tuttle Bridge incorporates the features of Douglas's second patent, including floor-line tension chords and strut braces. The bridge was fabricated and erected by one of New England's most prolific iron bridge builders, the Berlin Iron Bridge Company. Between 1878 and 1895 the company erected well over 600 lenticular trusses in New England and Upstate New York. The Tuttle Bridge is one of approximately fifty lenticular truss bridges to survive nationally, and one of only ten known surviving lenticular truss bridges in Massachusetts (eight of which are under Massachusetts Department of Public Works purview).
Berlin Iron Bridge Company
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. General view from roadway, looking south
2. Oblique view from roadway, looking south
3. South portal elevation from roadway, looking north
4. East elevation from river bank, looking west
5. Detail of south end of span from river bank, looking west
6. Oblique view of east truss from northeast corner of span, looking southwest
7. Detail of east truss, showing truss geometry and connections, looking southwest from northeast corner of span
8. Detail of east truss, showing truss geometry and connections, looking northeast from southeast corner
9. Detail of east truss at center of span, showing upper chord connection to vertical and diagonal members, looking northeast
10. Detail of bearing shoe at southeast endpost, looking southeast
11. Detail of northwest endpost, showing bolted connection and cap casting, looking southwest
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