Jct. of Main St. with Lake and Highland Aves., Brocton, New York
Thought to be the last extant four-way street arch in the United States
Approaching from the east
Photo taken by J.R. Manning May 2018
+42.38885, -79.4410242°23'20" N, 79°26'28" W
"With unprecedented growth of the village, the Village of Brocton and Town of Portland wanted a symbol of its prosperity as the 'Home of the Concord Grape'. Many suggestions were made, but one was favored. At the time, municipal arches bearing community names and populations were familiar sites. So the idea of a double arch for Brocton was decided upon and approved by the Portland Centennial Association in 1913, the 100th birthday of the town. The association felt the arch would do for Brocton what the Eiffel Tower did for Paris.
"Only one change has been made to the arch since its construction. The original "Brocton" sign, hung from the corona, had become so corroded with time and weather that it was considered hazardous to pedestrians and motorists. In 1946 a neon lighted, "Brocton" sign was hung and the sign remains to the present.
"The twin arch still exists today as a monument of the community's pride. While not as impressive an engineering feat or architectural attraction as it once was, it remains an unforgettable landmark.
"Surviving the test of time and elements, it is believed to be the only remaining four-way street arch in the United States today.
"At dusk the arch is illuminated by 124 bulbs which switch off at midnight. in December, the white lights are mixed with red and green ones and Brocton's landmark gleams on the horizon as a jewel."
Condensed from a marker sign posted by the village. The complete text is shown with the sign, above.
National Register information
- Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 22, 1996
- Reference number
- Areas of significance
- Community Planning and Development; Engineering
- Level of significance
- Evaluation criteria
- A - Event; C - Design/Construction
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- Historic function
- Current function
- Period of significance
- Significant year
- May 30, 2018: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett
- May 25, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photographs.