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University Avenue Bridge

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1925, Paul P. Cret. University Ave. at the Schuylkill River

Cret's elegant neoclassical bridge was conceived as part of the University of Pennsylvania's study of the potential expansion of its campus across the river. Intended as a major focus of roads leading to the campus, it is the most architectural of the Schuylkill River bridges, with octagonal bridge tender's booths surrounded by columns on each side of the drawbridge.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "University Avenue Bridge", [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 136-136.

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