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Union Station Viaduct, Spanning Gaspee, Francis, Promenade & Canal Street, Providence, Providence County, RI



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Location
Promenade & Canal Street, Providence, RI

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER RI-14
Building/structure dates: 1892 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1909 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1983 demolished
Significance: In the late 19th century the city of Providence began filling in its tidal basin and undertook construction of a new Union Station Complex. A viaduct, utilizing a series of box-girder bridges, was built above Francis, Gaspee and Promenade Streets on the north side of the new station complex.

Subjects
Civil Engineering
Railroad Bridges
Wooden Buildings


Related Names
Amtrak
New York, New Haven, & Hartford Railroad
Gagel, Edward
Federal Railroad Administration
Owens, William, Photographer
Barrett, William E., Photographer


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. LOOKING NORTHWEST ON GASPEE ST. AT BOX-GIRDER BRIDGE, PART OF UNION STATION VIADUCT. BUILDING ON RIGHT IS PART OF UNION STATION COMPLEX.
2. LOOKING SOUTHWEST AT BOX-GIRDER BRIDGE OVER GASPEE ST.
3. DETAIL VIEW OF STONE ABUTMENT ON BRIDGE SPANNING GASPEE ST.
4. GENERAL VIEW LOOKING SOUTH ON FRANCIS ST. AT UNION STATION VIADUCT. ROOFLINE OF STATION COMPLEX CAN BE SEEN DIRECTLY BEHIND VIADUCT.
5. GENERAL VIEW LOOKING SOUTHEAST AT VIADUCT AND STATION PLATFORM.
6. GENERAL VIEW LOOKING WEST TOWARD UNION STATION AND VIADUCT. BOX-GIRDER BRIDGE AT LOWER LEFT SPANS PROMENADE STREET. BRIDGE AT CENTER CONNECTS U.S. POST OFFICE WITH STATION FREIGHT PLATFORM.
7. LOOKING NORTHWEST FROM ROOF OF POST OFFICE TOWARDS VIADUCT. BUILDINGS IN FOREGROUND ARE PART OF FREIGHT PLATFORM. IN BACKGROUND RIGHT IS RHODE ISLAND STATEHOUSE. RELOCATED TRACKS AND STATION ARE TO BE BELOW GRADE AT FOOT OF STATEHOUSE LAWN.
8. LOOKING NORTH FROM ROOF OF POST OFFICE. TRACKS ON LEFT ARE ARE PART OF NORTHEAST CORRIDOR. TRACKS ON RIGHT ARE VIADUCT ADDITION BUILT IN 1909 BY THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN AND HARTFORD RAILROAD.
9. UNDERSIDE OF BRIDGE CROSSING WOONASQUATUCKET RIVER CONNECTING POST OFFICE WITH UNION STATION COMPLEX. BOX-GIRDER IN BACKGROUND IS PART OF 1909 ADDITION.
10. LOOKING NORTHWEST ON PROMENADE ST. AT BOX-GIRDER BRIDGE.
11. LOOKING SOUTHEAST DOWN WOONASQUATUCKET RIVER, SHOWING 100 FT. DECK TRUSS BRIDGE OF UNION STATION VIADUCT.
12. DETAIL VIEW OF MODIFIED WARREN TRUSS WITH VERTICALS.
13. DETAIL VIEW OF BUILT-UP STEEL CONSTRUCTION ON VIADUCT SPANNING FRANCIS ST.
14. DETAIL VIEW OF BUILT-UP RIVETED MEMBERS.
15. DETAIL VIEW OF BUILT-UP STEEL CONSTRUCTION. NOTE DECORATIVE DETAILING
16. AERIAL VIEW, LOOKING NORTHWEST, OF UNION STATION AND VIADUCT AT CENTER
17. VIEW OF I-95 OVERPASS AT WEST END OF VIADUCT
18. VIEW LOOKING SOUTH, FRANCIS STREET AT CENTER
19. VIEW LOOKING SOUTH, WOONSQUATUCKET RIVER AT CENTER
20. VIEW, LOOKING EAST, FROM ROUTE 6 (WEST END)


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