Central Park Bridges, Bow Bridge, Spanning Lake, Central Park, New York, New York County, NY
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER NY-195
Building/structure dates: 1859 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1974 subsequent work
National Register Number: 66000538
Significance: Designed by Calvert Vaux, the Bow Bridge is one of the most prominently located and visible cast iron bridges in Central Park. It is 87 feet, four inches long. This and other cast iron bridges in Central Park are among the very first built of that material in America. The J.B. and W.W. Cornell Foundry was the contractor. Restored in 1974 with funds provided by Lila A. Wallace and Lucy G. Moses, this graceful arch has been described by New York Times architecture critic Paul Goldberger as seeming "to pour over the water."
J B & W W Cornell Foundry
Wallace, Lila A.
Moses, Lucy G.
Lowe, Jet, Photographer
Chamberlain, Holly K., Historian
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. OVERALL VIEW OF BRIDGE, LOOKING EAST
2. OVERALL VIEW OF BRIDGE, LOOKING NORTHEAST; ONE OF THE MANY RUSTIC PAVILIONS DOTTING CENTRAL PARK IS VISIBLE UNDER THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ARCH
3. VIEW LOOKING SOUTHEAST OF WEST SIDE OF BRIDGE
4. DETAIL VIEW SHOWING ABUTMENT AND NATURALISTIC DETAILING OF CAST IRON OPENWORK SPANDREL
5. CLOSE-UP VIEW TO WEST SHOWING UNDERSIDE OF ARCH; THE DAKOTA APARTMENT BUILDING ON WEST 72ND AND CENTRAL PARK WEST IS VISIBLE UNDER THE ARCH TO THE LEFT
6. LOOKING AT TOP OF BRIDGE TOWARD SOUTH
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