Fairmount Park

Both banks of Schuylkill River and Wissahickon Creek, from Spring Garden St. to Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Description 

The Strawberry Mansion Bridge crosses the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park, a National Register-listed historic district. The bridge is significant for its construction under private ownership by the Fairmount Park Transportation Company, a streetcar line operating in the park. Nationally recognized bridge engineer Theodore Cooper consulted on the design of this spandrel-braced, three-hinged steel arch structure, which set records within its type for overall length and speed of erection. It is also a major work of the Phoenix Bridge Company, a prolific fabricating and erecting firm. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER PA-92)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 7, 1972
Reference number
72001151
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival; Georgian; Federal
Areas of significance
Landscape Architecture; Conservation; Entertainment/Recreation; Architecture
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
District
Historic functions
Museum; Single dwelling; Conservation area; Park; Public works
Current functions
Museum; Park
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1800-1824
Significant years
1812; 1867; 1876
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 17
Contributing structures: 3
Contributing objects: 11

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