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Driving Park Bridge (Original)


Photocopy Of Photograph. View North Showing South Elevation (Original Print In The Possession Of Engineering Photograph Collection, Municipal Archives, City Of Rochester, New York, C. 1890)

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #335464


The Driving Park Avenue Bridge was constructed in two years, from 1889 to 1890, by the Rochester Bridge and Iron Works, based on design plans by Leffert L. Buck. The bridge is 717 feet long, spanning the 200-foot-deep Genesee River Gorge. The design employed spandrel bracing, a technique specifically used for traversing gorges. The Driving Park Avenue Bridge is considered to be the first spandrel-braced arch truss bridge near the end of the iron bridge era when steel was beginning to come into use and was one of the last wrought-iron bridges constructed.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Lost Iron arch bridge over Geneseee River on Driving Park Avenue
Rochester, Monroe County, New York
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1890; Replaced 1985
- Leffert L. Buck of Canton, New York (Design)
- Rochester Bridge & Iron Works of Rochester, New York
Iron arch
Total length: 717.0 ft.
Also called
Seneca Park Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.18127, -77.62811   (decimal degrees)
43°10'53" N, 77°37'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/286413/4784298 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rochester West
Inventory number
BH 68888 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 18, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 18, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • October 1, 2016: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 14, 2015: Added by Luke

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