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Boston Street Bridge, Spanning Harris Creek Sewer at Boston Street, Baltimore, Independent City, MD



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Location
Spanning Harris Creek Sewer at Boston Street, Baltimore, MD

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MD-110
Significance: The Boston Street Bridge (Lakewood Avenue Drain Headwall and Bridge), built by the City of Baltimore in 1901-1902, is significant for its historical association with an important Baltimore crossing in the Canton neighborhood of the city. The bridge is also significant as a good example of early twentieth century brick arch bridge construction in Baltimore and Maryland. An economical and expedient choice for crossings where timber or metal bridges would quickly corrode, brick arches, with stone masonry facing, were built by municipal authorities to carry important streets over sewers, also often of brick arch design. Replacing a deteriorated metal girder bridge, the stone-faced brick arch Boston Street Bridge was built to carry the key Canton waterfront thoroughfare of Boston Street over the outlet of Harris Creek Sewer, a major municipal sewer constructed by the city during the 1880s.

Subjects
Arch Bridges
Brick Bridges
Vehicular Bridges


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. ENVIRONMENT, FROM SOUTH, SHOWING BOSTON STREET BRIDGE CARRYING BOSTON STREET OVER HARRIS CREEK SEWER OUTLET AT NORTHWEST BRANCH OF PATAPSCO RIVER (BALTIMORE HARBOR)
2. ENVIRONMENT, FROM EAST, SHOWING BOSTON STREET BRIDGE CARRYING BOSTON STREET OVER HARRIS CREEK SEWER
3. ENVIRONMENT, FROM WEST, SHOWING BOSTON STREET BRIDGE CARRYING BOSTON STREET OVER HARRIS CREEK SEWER, WITH PORTION OF AMERICAN CAN COMPANY COMPLEX
4. SOUTH ELEVATION OF BOSTON STREET BRIDGE, FROM SOUTH, WITH PORTION OF AMERICAN CAN COMPANY COMPLEX
5. PARTIAL SOUTH ELEVATION OF BOSTON STREET BRIDGE, FROM SOUTHEAST, WITH PORTION OF AMERICAN CAN COMPANY COMPLEX
6. PARTIAL SOUTH ELEVATION, FROM SOUTHWEST
7. DECK VIEW, FROM WEST
8. DECK VIEW, FROM EAST
9. DETAIL, PARAPET, FROM EAST, SHOWING PORTION OF ORIGINAL LOW STONE PARAPET AT SOUTHEAST END OF BRIDGE, WITH STONE COPING, CONCRETE PARAPET EXTENSION, AND CONCRETE JERSEY WALLS
10. OBLIQUE VIEW, PORTION OF SPANDREL WALL AND ARCH BARREL, FROM SOUTHEAST, SHOWING INTRADOS AND EXTRADOS, JUNCTURE OF BRICK BARREL AND CUT STONE MASONRY FACING STONES, TIE ROD CAPS, AND CONCRETE PARAPET EXTENSION
11. DETAIL, ARCH BARREL AND RING, FROM SOUTHWEST, SHOWING CUT STONE MASONRY RINGSTONE VOUSSOIRS WITH '1902' KEYSTONE, CONCRETE PARAPET, CONCRETE APRON AT BASE OF BRIDGE UNDER ARCH, AND PORTION OF TIMBER GRILLAGE
12. DETAIL, EAST SPANDREL, FROM SOUTHEAST, SHOWING PAIRED PLACEMENT OF TIE ROD CAPS, WITH DRAIN PIPE OUTLET
13. DETAIL, TYPICAL METAL TIE ROD CAPS, FROM SOUTHEAST
14. DETAIL, TYPICAL CUT STONE MASONRY FACING BLOCKS, AT BASE OF BRIDGE, FROM SOUTHEAST, SHOWING MASONS MARKS, MOORING RING, AND PORTION OF SUBMERGED TIMBER GRILLAGE
15. DETAIL, MANHOLE COVER ON BRIDGE DECK, FROM WEST, WITH GRANITE CURB, CONCRETE SIDEWALK AND PORTION OF ROADWAY
16. PHOTOCOPY OF HISTORIC VIEW, HALF-TONE PLATE DEPICTING CONSTRUCTION OF BOSTON STREET BRIDGE, DATED DECEMBER 21, 1901, AND SHOWING CONCENTRIC RING OR ROWLOCK BOND CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUE (HALF-TONE PLATE PUBLISHED IN BALTIMORE CITY ENGINEER'S ANNUAL REPORT FOR 1901, COURTESY ENOCH PRATT FREE LIBRARY)


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