Butler Bridge, Spans Housatonic River on Butler Road (North Glend, Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA
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Spans Housatonic River on Butler Road (North Glend, Stockbridge, MA
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER MA-115
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-29).
Building/structure dates: 1882 initial construction
Significance: The Butler Bridge is an apparently unique example of a small highway bridge designed by the pre-eminent American bridge engineer George Shattuck Morison, who is remembered primarily for his long-span railroad bridges and his service with the Panama Canal Commission. The bridge is a single-span, wrought-iron, half-through Pratt-type truss, supported on masonry pillars. Morison's involvement in the building and design of a small highway bridge is unusual, and appears to have resulted from his personal and professional associations in the Stockbridge area. The Butler Bridge is the oldest metal truss bridge known to survive in Berkshire County, and one of the ten oldest truss bridges identified in the Massachusetts Department of Public Works database. It is also the only known surviving example of Morison's work in his native state.
Morison, George S.
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. General view from east portal, looking west
2. Detail of west portal from deck, looking west
3. Oblique view of south truss from river bank. looking northeast
4. Detail of north truss from east portal, showing east endpost
5. Detail of northeast endpost
6. Detail of southeast endpost, showing eyebar connection
7. Detail of underside of upper chord and connection at southeast endpost
8. Detail of upper chord connection with vertical member
9. Detail showing truss configuration of north truss
10. Detail of exposed pedestrian walkway floor system, looking west
11. Detail of north truss, showing lower chord and sidewalk outriggers
12. Detail of lower chord connection at center of north truss
13. Detail of lower chord connection at center of south truss
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