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Hussey Bridge

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1925, Clarence L. Hussey, engineer for the Rhode Island State Board of Public Roads. Boston Neck Rd. (Route 1A) over Wickford Cove

The Hussey Bridge celebrates concrete as a plastic building material by fusing the spanning arches with the hexagonal concrete tie overhead and even integrating the corner lampposts as part of the sculptural structure. Cables from the arches support the roadway slab.

South of the bridge, Route 1A passes the North Kingstown Town Hall (Abel Peck, 1888) and, at 125 Boston Neck Road (corner of Beach Road), a magnificent Colonial Revival house and barn (c. 1910) set behind stone walls. The nondescript shingle house with colonialized porch partially infilled by recent renovation, on the opposite corner of Beach Road (143 Boston Neck Road), was Norman Isham's summer cottage.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


What's Nearby


William H. Jordy et al., "Hussey Bridge", [North Kingstown, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 362-362.

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