|Bridge Name||Facility Carried / Feature Intersected||Location||Structure Type||Construction Date and Builder/Engineer|
Sherman Park Northeast Bridge
||Park Walkway Over Sherman Park Lagoon||Chicago: Cook County, Illinois||Concrete Closed Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed||By Builder/Contractor: Unknown|
Sherman Park has four bridges, all concrete arch bridges. At the southern end of the park, the two bridges are faced with stones and pebbles to make them look like rustic stone arch bridges. In contrast, the two bridges at the northern end of the park were designed without stone facing and instead a "marblecrete" technique was used to create concrete arch bridges that are suggestive of marble. Architectural detailing on these bridges was more elaborate and formal. This contrast between rustic and formal bridges at the northern and southern ends of the park was an intentional aspect of the park design as a whole. The stone faced bridges in the park appear to retain good historic integrity. In contrast, the concrete arch bridges have had their original balustrade railings removed and replaced with less exciting parapet walls. Other architectural details have reportedly gone missing according to the nomination form for the park.
The nomination form for the park briefly mentions the northern bridges. A 1905 date is referenced which is presumed to be the approximate construction date. The form also mentions 50 and 60 foot span lengths, although it doesn't say which of two bridges has which span length. Shotcrete applied to the bridges may be partially responsible for the loss of some of the other original architectural details on the bridge including obscuring the unique "marblecrete" appearance of the concrete. Historical photos as seen to the right and below shows that the bridges originally had balustrade railings rather than the solid parapet design seen today.
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