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North Village Bridge, Spanning French River on North Main Street, Webster, Worcester County, MA



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Location
Spanning French River on North Main Street, Webster, MA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MA-99
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-18).
Building/structure dates: 1871 initial construction
Significance: The North Village Bridge is one of only five known surviving Parker patent trusses in the United States, and the second oldest of the three located in Massachusetts. The bridge was built by the National Bridge & Iron Works of Boston, a significant late-nineteenth century bridge-building company, for which Parker was Chief Engineer. The bridge's design was particularly innovative in achieving the economies of material inherent in the curved top chord, yet lending itself to mass-production by the standardization of panel dimensions. The truss length could be adjusted by alterations to the end panels alone. The design could be mass-produced, and applied speedily and cheaply to pre-existing crossings.

Subjects
Pedestrian Bridges
Vehicular Bridges


Related Names
National Bridge & Iron Works


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. General view from hill, looking southeast
2. General view from roadway, looking east
3. General view of west portal, looking east
4. General view from roadway, looking west
5. General view of east portal, looking west
6. Detail of north truss from center of span, showing truss configuration and upper chord connections, looking north
7. Detail of north truss from west end of span, showing truss configuration and upper chord connections, looking north
8. Detail of underside of south upper chord, looking southeast
9. Oblique view of south truss from roadway, looking southeast
10. Detail of sidewalk railing on north side of bridge, looking northeast
11. Oblique view of south truss from southwest corner of span, looking northeast
12. Detail of south truss, showing lower chord and floor system connections, looking northeast
13. Detail of south truss, showing truss geometry and connections, looking northeast
14. Detail of southwest endpost, showing flat casting (compare to rounded casting shown in MA-99-15)
15. Detail of northwest endpost, showing rounded casting (compare to flat casting shown in MA-99-14)


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