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Home > New York > Rochester > Main Street Bridge, Main Street East, spanning Genesee River, Rochester, Monroe County, NY



B&W Photos
Elevation, North Side, View To South
HB921676
Elevation, North Side, View To South
General Oblique View, From Above To Southwest
HB921677
General Oblique View, From Above To Southwest
Detail, North Side, View To Southwest
HB921678
Detail, North Side, View To Southwest
General Oblique View, North Side, View To Southeast
HB921679
General Oblique View, North Side, View To Southeast
Detail, North Side, View To Southeast
HB921680
Detail, North Side, View To Southeast
South Elevation, View To North
HB921681
South Elevation, View To North
General Oblique View, South Side
HB921682
General Oblique View, South Side
Detail, South Side, Oblique View
HB921683
Detail, South Side, Oblique View
Detail, South Side, Oblique View, Showing Three East Arches
HB921684
Detail, South Side, Oblique View, Showing Three East Arches
Close Oblique View, South Side With Construction Crew, View To Northeast
HB921685
Close Oblique View, South Side With Construction Crew, View To Northeast


Item Title
Close Oblique View, South Side With Construction Crew, View To Northeast

Location
spanning Genesee River, Rochester, NY

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER NY-175
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-41).
Building/structure dates: 1857 initial construction
National Register Number: 84000303
Significance: The present Main Street Bridge is the fourth bridge to occupy this site since 1812. Main Street is and has been throughout its history the primary commercial and business thoroughfare for the City of Rochester, thus this bridge has provided a crucial link in communication and transportation between both sides of the Genesee River. Beginning with the second river crossing of 1824, a phenomenon occurred which was rare in the United States: buildings were gradually built over the river and connected to the bridge. This relationship between bridge and building continued with subsequent crossings. The buildings erected alongside the current Main Street bridge were demolished in the mid-1960's. Incorporated into crowns of four of the five stone arches are cast iron arches supporting water mains. The date the cast iron was installed is not known. This bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. ELEVATION, NORTH SIDE, VIEW TO SOUTH
2. GENERAL OBLIQUE VIEW, FROM ABOVE TO SOUTHWEST
3. DETAIL, NORTH SIDE, VIEW TO SOUTHWEST
4. GENERAL OBLIQUE VIEW, NORTH SIDE, VIEW TO SOUTHEAST
5. DETAIL, NORTH SIDE, VIEW TO SOUTHEAST
6. SOUTH ELEVATION, VIEW TO NORTH
7. GENERAL OBLIQUE VIEW, SOUTH SIDE
8. DETAIL, SOUTH SIDE, OBLIQUE VIEW
9. DETAIL, SOUTH SIDE, OBLIQUE VIEW, SHOWING THREE EAST ARCHES
10. CLOSE OBLIQUE VIEW, SOUTH SIDE WITH CONSTRUCTION CREW, VIEW TO NORTHEAST
11. DETAIL, SOUTH SIDE, FIRST PIER AT WEST END
12. GENERAL OBLIQUE VIEW, SOUTH SIDE, FROM EAST END, WITH CLOSE VIEW OF PIER AND ARCHES
13. DETAIL, SOUTH FACE, VIEW TO WEST-NORTHWEST
14. PHOTOCOPY OF HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPH, DATE UNKNOWN, PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN (FROM THE CITY OF ROCHESTER, OFFICE OF THE CITY ENGINEER, ENGINEERING RECORDS COLLECTION.) GENERAL VIEW, NORTH SIDE, VIEW TO SOUTH
15. PHOTOCOPY OF HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPH, DATE UNKNOWN, PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN (FROM THE CITY OF ROCHESTER, OFFICE OF THE CITY ENGINEER, ENGINEERING RECORDS COLLECTION, #409B.) GENERAL VIEW OF BUILDINGS ON BRIDGE, FROM ABOVE TO NORTHWEST
16. PHOTOCOPY OF HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPH, MARCH 3, 1936, PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN (FROM THE CITY OF ROCHESTER, OFFICE OF THE CITY ENGINEER, ENGINEERING RECORDS COLLECTION.) ELEVATION, SOUTH SIDE, VIEW TO NORTH
17. PHOTOCOPY OF HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPH, OCT. 27, 1892, PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN (FROM THE CITY OF ROCHESTER, OFFICE OF THE CITY ENGINEER, ENGINEERING RECORDS COLLECTION.) DETAIL, SOUTH SIDE, VIEW TO NORTHWEST 18 PHOTOCOPY OF HISTORIC ENGRAVING, c. 1874, (FROM THE CITY OF ROCHESTER, OFFICE OF THE CITY ENGINEER, ENGINEERING RECORDS COLLECTION.) BRIDGE PLAN, c. 1874


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