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Fifth Street Viaduct, Spanning Bacon's Quarter Branch Valley on Fifth St, Richmond, Independent City, VA



B&W Photos

HB1188066
Environment, From West, Showing Fifth Street Viaduct In Its Immediate Setting, Crossing Bacon's Quarter Branch Valley In Richmond, Virginia

HB1188067
Environment, From South, Showing Fifth Street Viaduct Bridge Deck And Roadway, Parapets, And Tollhouse

HB1188068
Environment, From North, Showing Richmond Skyline, Bridge Deck And Roadway, And North Approach

HB1188069
Deck View, From North, Including Parapets With Metal Light Standards, And Single Sidewalk, At East Side Of Deck

HB1188070
East Elevation, From Northeast

HB1188071
Partial East Elevation, From Northeast, Showing Structural Configuration, Including Deck Supported On Stiff Tower Piers And Expansion Piers

HB1188072
Partial Elevation, From Southeast, Showing Structural Configuration, Including Double-span Reinforced Concrete Rigid Frame As Basic Structural Unit Of Bridge

HB1188073
Typical Stiff Tower Pier (pier P5), From East, Showing Structural Configuration, Including Cantilevered Beams Supporting Sidewalk, And Matching Ornamental Details Of Parapet

HB1188074
Detail, Typical Stiff Tower Pier (pier P5), From Southeast, Showing Structural Configuration, Including U-shaped Tower Walls Braced By Horizontal Struts

HB1188075
Detail, Typical Stiff Tower Pier (pier P13), From Above And South, Showing Location Of Pier In Bacon's Quarter Branch Valley, Immediately South Of Railroad Right-of-way

HB1188076
Detail, Underside Of Deck, And Bridge Piers, From Below And North, Showing Structural Configuration, Including Series Of Piers, Ribbed Deck Consisting Of Girders, Floor Beams And Stringers

HB1188077
Detail, Underside Of Deck, From Below And North, Showing Structural Configuration, Including Two Large Reinforced Concrete Longitudinal Girders, Floor Beams And Stringers

HB1188078
Detail, Underside Of Deck, From Below And Northeast, Showing Structural Configuration, Including Floorbeams Cantilevered Out To Support Sidewalk And East Parapet

HB1188079
Detail, North Abutment, From East, Showing Abutment, Portion Of Simply Ornamented East Parapet, And Remnant Of Stone Masonry Abutment Of Original (1890) Fifth Street Viaduct

HB1188080
Portion Of West Parapet, From East, Showing Alternating Solid And Open Reinforced Concrete Parapet Panels

HB1188081
Detail, West Parapet, From East, Showing Simply Ornamented Solid Parapet Panel At Stiff Tower, Supporting Original Metal Light Standard

HB1188082
Detail, East Parapet, Showing Surface Treatment Of Concrete, Open Parapet Panels

HB1188083
Metal Light Standard, At North End Block Of East Parapet, From North, Showing Original Light Standard, With Replacement Bracket And Cobra-head Lamp

HB1188084
Detail, Metal Light Standard, At North End Block Of East Parapet, From West, Showing Simple Ornamentation Of Base Of Standard, With 'union Metal' Imprint

HB1188085
Detail, Metal Bridge Plate, At South End Block Of East Parapet, From South, Recording 1933 Construction Of Fifth Street Viaduct By Richmond Bridge Corporation In Cooperation With The City Of Richmond

HB1188086
Detail, Metal Manhole Cover In Deck Near East Parapet, Showing Round Manhole Cover, With Simple Geometric Ornamentation And Central Stylized 'rbc' (richmond Bridge Corporation) Insignia

HB1188087
East Elevation, Fifth Street Viaduct Tollhouse, At Southwest End Of Viaduct

HB1188088
South Elevation, Fifth Street Viaduct Tollhouse At Southwest End Of Viaduct


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Item Title


Location
Spanning Bacon's Quarter Branch Valley on Fifth St, Richmond, VA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER VA-67
Significance: The Fifth Street Viaduct is a reinforced concrete bridge consisting of seven double-span rigid frames supported on expansion piers and stiff towers. Built in 1933 by the Richmond Bridge Corporation with aid from the U.S. Reconstruction Finance Corporation, the viaduct carries Fifth Street over Bacon's Quarter Branch valley to link the Richmond neighborhoods of Highland Park and Jackson Ward. A representative rigid frame reinforced concrete viaduct of the 1920-1940 period, the Fifth Street Viaduct is a significant multiple-span bridge designed by the prominent New York City bridge engineer Alfredo C. Janni.

Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. ENVIRONMENT, FROM WEST, SHOWING FIFTH STREET VIADUCT IN ITS IMMEDIATE SETTING, CROSSING BACON'S QUARTER BRANCH VALLEY IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
2. ENVIRONMENT, FROM SOUTH, SHOWING FIFTH STREET VIADUCT BRIDGE DECK AND ROADWAY, PARAPETS, AND TOLLHOUSE
3. ENVIRONMENT, FROM NORTH, SHOWING RICHMOND SKYLINE, BRIDGE DECK AND ROADWAY, AND NORTH APPROACH
4. DECK VIEW, FROM NORTH, INCLUDING PARAPETS WITH METAL LIGHT STANDARDS, AND SINGLE SIDEWALK, AT EAST SIDE OF DECK
5. EAST ELEVATION, FROM NORTHEAST
6. PARTIAL EAST ELEVATION, FROM NORTHEAST, SHOWING STRUCTURAL CONFIGURATION, INCLUDING DECK SUPPORTED ON STIFF TOWER PIERS AND EXPANSION PIERS
7. PARTIAL ELEVATION, FROM SOUTHEAST, SHOWING STRUCTURAL CONFIGURATION, INCLUDING DOUBLE-SPAN REINFORCED CONCRETE RIGID FRAME AS BASIC STRUCTURAL UNIT OF BRIDGE
8. TYPICAL STIFF TOWER PIER (PIER P5), FROM EAST, SHOWING STRUCTURAL CONFIGURATION, INCLUDING CANTILEVERED BEAMS SUPPORTING SIDEWALK, AND MATCHING ORNAMENTAL DETAILS OF PARAPET
9. DETAIL, TYPICAL STIFF TOWER PIER (PIER P5), FROM SOUTHEAST, SHOWING STRUCTURAL CONFIGURATION, INCLUDING U-SHAPED TOWER WALLS BRACED BY HORIZONTAL STRUTS
10. DETAIL, TYPICAL STIFF TOWER PIER (PIER P13), FROM ABOVE AND SOUTH, SHOWING LOCATION OF PIER IN BACON'S QUARTER BRANCH VALLEY, IMMEDIATELY SOUTH OF RAILROAD RIGHT-OF-WAY
11. DETAIL, UNDERSIDE OF DECK, AND BRIDGE PIERS, FROM BELOW AND NORTH, SHOWING STRUCTURAL CONFIGURATION, INCLUDING SERIES OF PIERS, RIBBED DECK CONSISTING OF GIRDERS, FLOOR BEAMS AND STRINGERS
12. DETAIL, UNDERSIDE OF DECK, FROM BELOW AND NORTH, SHOWING STRUCTURAL CONFIGURATION, INCLUDING TWO LARGE REINFORCED CONCRETE LONGITUDINAL GIRDERS, FLOOR BEAMS AND STRINGERS
13. DETAIL, UNDERSIDE OF DECK, FROM BELOW AND NORTHEAST, SHOWING STRUCTURAL CONFIGURATION, INCLUDING FLOORBEAMS CANTILEVERED OUT TO SUPPORT SIDEWALK AND EAST PARAPET
14. DETAIL, NORTH ABUTMENT, FROM EAST, SHOWING ABUTMENT, PORTION OF SIMPLY ORNAMENTED EAST PARAPET, AND REMNANT OF STONE MASONRY ABUTMENT OF ORIGINAL (1890) FIFTH STREET VIADUCT
15. PORTION OF WEST PARAPET, FROM EAST, SHOWING ALTERNATING SOLID AND OPEN REINFORCED CONCRETE PARAPET PANELS
16. DETAIL, WEST PARAPET, FROM EAST, SHOWING SIMPLY ORNAMENTED SOLID PARAPET PANEL AT STIFF TOWER, SUPPORTING ORIGINAL METAL LIGHT STANDARD
17. DETAIL, EAST PARAPET, SHOWING SURFACE TREATMENT OF CONCRETE, OPEN PARAPET PANELS
18. METAL LIGHT STANDARD, AT NORTH END BLOCK OF EAST PARAPET, FROM NORTH, SHOWING ORIGINAL LIGHT STANDARD, WITH REPLACEMENT BRACKET AND COBRA-HEAD LAMP
19. DETAIL, METAL LIGHT STANDARD, AT NORTH END BLOCK OF EAST PARAPET, FROM WEST, SHOWING SIMPLE ORNAMENTATION OF BASE OF STANDARD, WITH 'UNION METAL' IMPRINT
20. DETAIL, METAL BRIDGE PLATE, AT SOUTH END BLOCK OF EAST PARAPET, FROM SOUTH, RECORDING 1933 CONSTRUCTION OF FIFTH STREET VIADUCT BY RICHMOND BRIDGE CORPORATION IN COOPERATION WITH THE CITY OF RICHMOND
21. DETAIL, METAL MANHOLE COVER IN DECK NEAR EAST PARAPET, SHOWING ROUND MANHOLE COVER, WITH SIMPLE GEOMETRIC ORNAMENTATION AND CENTRAL STYLIZED 'RBC' (RICHMOND BRIDGE CORPORATION) INSIGNIA
22. EAST ELEVATION, FIFTH STREET VIADUCT TOLLHOUSE, AT SOUTHWEST END OF VIADUCT
23. SOUTH ELEVATION, FIFTH STREET VIADUCT TOLLHOUSE AT SOUTHWEST END OF VIADUCT


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