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Grand Avenue Viaduct, West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI



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Location
West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER WI-27
Building/structure dates: 1911 initial construction
Significance: The Grand Avenue Viaduct, Milwaukee's earliest example of a large scale concrete bridge, was the result of a national design competition which included entries from some of the most prominent architects and engineers of the day. The winning entry by The Concrete-Steel Engineering Company and by Palmer & Hornbostel of New York employed the Melan steel beam reinforcement method. The Art Deco bridge is of a barrel arch design and is a relatively late example of the Melan system. Second place in the competition went to a more innovative ribbed arch design by the well-known concrete engineer, C.A.P. Turner. City officials envisioned the viaduct as one link in a grand boulevard that would eventually connect Milwaukee with Madison, 100 miles to the west.

Related Names
Concrete-Steel Engineering Company
Palmer & Hornbostel


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. GENERAL VIEW OF BRIDGE, SOUTH SIDE, LOOKING NORTHEAST FROM WEST
2. DETAIL VIEW OF SOUTH SIDE, ARCH W2, WITH NEIGHBORHOOD
3. DETAIL VIEW OF SOUTH SIDE, WEST END, SHOWING PIER, ARCHES, AND NEIGHBORHOOD
4. DETAIL VIEW OF ARCH SPANNING MENOMOMEE RIVER, LOOKING WEST
5. GENERAL VIEW OF BRIDGE, LOOKING WEST FROM DECK LEVEL, OBLIQUE TO WEST
6. OBLIQUE VIEW OF BRIDGE, SHOWING NORTH 44TH STREET RUNNING ADJACENT TO BRIDGE


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