Driving Park Avenue Bridge, Spanning Genesee River Gorge, Rochester, Monroe County, NY
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Spanning Genesee River Gorge, Rochester, NY
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER NY-150
Building/structure dates: 1890 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1938 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1952 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1965 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1970 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1979 subsequent work
Significance: The Driving Park Avenue Bridge was constructed in two years, from 1889 to 1890, by the Rochester Bridge and Iron Works, based on design plans by Leffert L. Buck. The bridge is 717 feet long, spanning the 200-foot-deep Genesee River Gorge. The design employed spandrel bracing, a technique specifically used for traversing gorges. The Driving Park Avenue Bridge is considered to be the first spandrel-braced arch truss bridge near the end of the iron bridge era when steel was beginning to come into use and was one of the last wrought-iron bridges constructed.
Buck, Leffert L.
Rochester Bridge & Iron Works
Alden, John F.
Drumlevitch, Mark, Photographer
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. Photocopy of photograph. VIEW NORTH SHOWING SOUTH ELEVATION (Original print in the possession of Engineering Photograph Collection, Municipal Archives, city of Rochester, New York, c. 1890)
2. VIEW LOOKING SOUTH-SOUTHEAST, SHOWING NORTH ELEVATION, TAKEN DOWNSTREAM FROM BRIDGE
3. VIEW LOOKING EAST, SHOWING WEST ROADWAY (DRIVING PARK AVENUE) APPROACH AND PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY
4. VIEW LOOKING WEST, SHOWING EAST ROADWAY (AVENUE E) APPROACH
5. VIEW LOOKING NORTH, SHOWING SOUTH ELEVATION, TAKEN UPSTREAM FROM BRIDGE
6. VIEW LOOKING NORTH, SHOWING WEST END OF ARCH SPAN
7. VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST, SHOWING CENTER OF ARCH SPAN
8. VIEW LOOKING NORTH-NORTHWEST, DETAIL OF ARCH SPAN CENTRAL HINGE
9. DETAIL OF ARCH SPAN, SHOT FROM BELOW
10. VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST, SHOWING EAST END OF ARCH SPAN AND ABUTMENTS
11. VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST, DETAIL OF EAST APPROACH AND BRACING
12. VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST, DETAIL OF EAST SKEWBACK SUPPORT, HINGE AND ABUTMENT
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