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Old Croton Aqueduct, Harlem River Crossing, Spanning Harlem River, Bronx, Bronx County, NY



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Location
Spanning Harlem River, Bronx, NY

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER NY-119
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-27; FN-28).
Building/structure dates: 1848 initial construction
National Register Number: 74001324
Significance: The Old Croton Aqueduct was New York City's first municipal water supply project, and is an outstanding example of early 19th century civil engineering. High Bridge best exemplifies this. Upon completion High Bridge was 1420 feet long and 136 feet high (from the bottom of the river). Sixteen piers created fifteen arched openings of which eight were 80 feet wide and seven were 50 feet in width. Its remaining portion is the most readily visible section of the Croton Aqueduct standing today.

Subjects
Aqueducts
Bridges


Related Names
Jervis, John B.
Boucher, Jack, Photographer


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Photocopied December 1977, from loose drawing in Jervis Library. ELEVATION OF ORIGINAL DESIGN FOR HIGH BRIDGE.
2. Photocopied October 1976, from Theoph Schramke, Description of the New York Croton Aqueduct, New York and Berlin, At the Authors, 1845. 4'x 5' negative CONSTRUCTION DETAILS OF HIGH BRIDGE, SHOWING PIER SECTIONS, ELEVATIONS, AND ARCH CENTERING.
3. Photocopied October, 1976. from Theoph Schramke, Description of the New York Croton Aqueduct, New York and Berlin, 1845. 4' x 5' negative CONSTRUCTION DETAILS OF GATE HOUSE FOR HIGH BRIDGE.
4. Photocopied October 1976, from Theoph Schramke, Description of the New York Croton Aqueduct, New York and Berlin, 1845. DETAILS OF COFFERDAMS USED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF HIGH BRIDGE.
5. Photocopied December 1977, from loose original engineering drawing, Jervis Library. STONE COURSES ON HIGH BRIDGE, PIER NO. 4.
6. Photocopied December 1977, from original in 'Report of J.B.J.', Vol. II, Jervis Library. WATER COLOR OF HIGH BRIDGE OVER THE HARLEM RIVER. BELIEVED DONE BY JAMES RENWICK, JR.
7. Photocopied October 1976, from F.B. Tower, Illistrations of the Croton Aqueduct, New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1843.
8. Photocopied December 1977, from plate in Annual Report of the Croton Aqueduct Department for 1862. HIGH BRIDGE DURING CONSTRUCTION OF THE LARGE MAIN.
9. Photocopied December 1977, from plate in Annual Report of the Croton Aqueduct Department for 1862. VIEW OF MACHINERY ON DECK OF HIGH BRIDGE DURING CONSTRUCTION OF THE LARGE MAIN.
10. AERIAL VIEW LOOKING SOUTH SHOWING HIGH BRIDGE IN THE CENTER OF THE PHOTOGRAPH.
11. AERIAL VIEW OF HIGH BRIDGE. STEEL SPAN AT CENTER OF BRIDGE WAS ERECTED IN 1923 TO AID NAVIGATION ON THE HARLEM RIVER.
12. AERIAL VIEW OF HIGH BRIDGE LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
13. AERIAL VIEW OF HIGH BRIDGE SHOWING ORIGINAL MASONRY ARCHES THAT PREVIOUS TO 1923 SPANNED THE ENTIRE WIDTH OF THE HARLEM RIVER.


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