Shelburne Falls Bridge, Spanning Deerfield River on Bridge Street, Shelburne, Franklin County, MA
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Spanning Deerfield River on Bridge Street, Shelburne, MA
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER MA-96
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-15).
Building/structure dates: 1890 initial construction
Part of building/structure is in Buckland, Franklin County, MA.
Significance: The Shelburne Falls Bridge is the second oldest of seven double-intersection Warren through trusses identified in the Massachusetts Department of Public Works database. The bridge was designed by Edward S. Shaw, an important late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Massachusetts engineer: it was built by the Vermont Construction Company, a significant late-nineteenth century bridge-manufacturing company. The bridge is notable for its three-span length of 320', and its detailing, including the latticed railing, webbed portal bracing, and ornamental builder's plates. The bridge is an integral part, both visually and historically, of the historic village of Shelburne Falls.
Shaw, Edward S.
Vermont Construction Company
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. General view from river bank, showing south elevation, looking north
2. General oblique view from river bank, looking northeast
4. Detail of typical truss configuration, southwest truss
5. Contextual view of east end of bridge, looking southeast
6. East masonry pier, looking south
7. Elevation of west portal from roadway, looking east
8. Detail, builder's plate, west portal, looking northeast
9. Oblique view of west portal, looking north
10. North sidewalk from west portal end, looking east
11. Detail of east truss, showing typical truss configuration, looking east
12. Detail of center span, showing endpost connections at northeast corner, looking northwest
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