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Pearl Street Bridge, Spanning Grand River at Pearl Street, Grand Rapids, Kent County, MI



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Item Title


Location
Spanning Grand River at Pearl Street, Grand Rapids, MI

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MI-8
Building/structure dates: 1858 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1886 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1922 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1965 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1970 subsequent work
Significance: The bridge is a good example of open spandrel type arch construction, as described in engineering textbooks published during the first quarter of the twentieth century. This type of bridge construction is labor-intensive, and this design would not be considered cost effective or competitive in today's market place. The bridge setting is prominent and highly visible from adjacent commercial, public and park areas.

Subjects
Civil Engineering
Pedestrian Bridges
Concrete Arch Bridges


Related Names
Pearl Street Bridge Company
Westcott Engineering Company
Koss Construction Company


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW NORTH, SOUTH ELEVATION
2. VIEW SOUTH, NORTH ELEVATION
3. VIEW NORTHEAST, SOUTH SPAN #1 AND BALUSTRADE DETAIL
4. VIEW EAST, WALKWAY AND BALUSTRADE
5. VIEW NORTH, WEST ABUTMENT
6. VIEW EAST, UNDERSTRUCTURE OF EAST-BOUND LANE
7. COMFORT STATION


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