Schell Memorial Bridge, Spanning Connecticut River on East Northfield Road, Northfield, Franklin County, MA
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Spanning Connecticut River on East Northfield Road, Northfield, MA
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER MA-111
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-27).
Building/structure dates: 1903 initial construction
Significance: The Schell Memorial Bridge is the third oldest of five known Pennsylvania truss bridges identified in the Massachusetts Department of Public Works database. It is a unique variation -- at least in Massachusetts -- of a Pennsylvania truss, in that it was designed to function as a three-span continuous truss under live load, and as a simple truss span with cantilevered ends under dead load. The bridge also has some unusual Gothic Revival decorative elements. The bridge is a significant artifact of Northfield's social history, in that it was built for the town by one of its most prominent citizens, Francis R. Schell.
Shaw, Edward S.
New England Structural Company
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. Oblique view from northeast abutment, looking west
2. Long oblique view from northeast abutment, looking west
3. Detail of lower chord and piers, looking southwest
4. Detail of floor system from river bank, looking northwest
5. Detail of east portal, showing Gothic detailing
6. Detail of abutment wall at east portal
7. Detail of lower chord connection to endpost at southeast corner
8. Detail of bearing shoe connection at southeast corner
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