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Carlton Street Footbridge

Photos 

Carlton Street Footbridge, looking NW

Photo taken by Ian Martin in July 2014

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BH Photo #289381

Map 

Street View 

Video 

Interview with Dr. Charles E. Beveridge about the Carlton Street Footbridge

Dr. Charles E. Beveridge, an American social and urban historian, is the leading scholar and author on the work of Frederick Law Olmsted and the series editor of the 12-volume papers of Frederick Law Olmsted now in preparation. He has received numerous grants and awards, and has served as historical consultant for landscapes and master plans across the nation.

Hugh Mattison

Brief History 

Written by Hugh Mattison, Brookline Activist and Town Meeting Member

The Carlton Street Footbridge, designed in 1894 by Alexis French, Brookline first Town Engineer, is a Pratt pony truss footbridge, 108' long and 10' wide. The bridge is the Olmsted-designed entrance connecting Brookline's Longwood neighborhood to Riverway Park, and has been closed for over 40 years.

Plans and funding are complete, with bidding to start in Fall 2020 through MassDOT (project #606316).

We are soliciting expressions of interest in bidding in whole or in part for this project. Send to hmattison@aol.com.

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over the railroad tracks on a pedestrian walkway between Carlton Street and Riverway Park
Location
Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Built 1894; closed to pedestrians in 1976
Builders
- Alexis French (Design)
- Frederick Law Olmsted (Architect)
Railroads
- Boston & Albany Railroad (BA)
- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
Design
Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Total length: 108.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.34321, -71.10779   (decimal degrees)
42°20'36" N, 71°06'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/326375/4690034 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Boston South
Inventory number
BH 44173 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 17, 2020: Essay added by Hugh Mattison
  • July 28, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 26, 2014: New Street View added by Luke
  • July 26, 2014: New photos from Ian Martin
  • February 19, 2010: Added by James Baughn

Sources 

Comments 

Carlton Street Footbridge
Posted August 15, 2020, by Hugh Mattison (hmattison [at] aol [dot] com)

See 7-minute video at www.tinyurl.com/csf-beveridge. Restoration is funded with construction planned for 2021.

Dr. Charles E. Beveridge, an American social and urban historian, is the leading scholar and author on the work of Frederick Law Olmsted and the series editor of the 12-volume papers of Frederick Law Olmsted now in preparation. He has received numerous grants and awards, and has served as historical consultant for landscapes and master plans across the nation.

Carlton Street Footbridge
Posted May 9, 2015, by Ian Martin

Looks like restoration might be proceeding: http://www.mhd.state.ma.us/ProjectInfo/Main.asp?ACTION=ViewP...