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Court Avenue Bridge

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1917, Norman T. Vorse. Court Ave. between 1st St. and E. 1st St.

Both Manning and Robinson, the turn-of-the-century planners, called for a series of broad-arched masonry bridges to cross the Des Moines River. These were to be tied together with embankments on each side of the river. The stone balustrades on top of the embankments were designed to match those on the bridges. The Court Avenue bridge is a graceful example of a Beaux-Arts composition. On the shore side, each of the low segmental arches springs from a projecting semi-circular buttress; delicate voussoirs define each of the arches; and at the crown of the arches are shieldlike cartouches.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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