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Brookside Park Bridge


General View Of Bridge

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #331242



From HBI: The bridge carried a pedestrian lane over a stream in Brookside Park, which is now the home of the Cleveland zoo. The bridge is currently closed (2009) to facilitate construction of the new Fulton Road bridge. The original railings have been removed, and the bridge is now part of the supports for the new bridge form work. There are plans to rehabilitate it once the construction of the Fulton Road bridge is complete. The bridge is a 3-hinge, concrete (un-reinforced) elliptical arch with handsome rubble masonry veneer with limestone caps and molding. The hinges are built-up of plates, angles, and steel shafting with cast-iron bearing plates embedded in the concrete. The original railings, including stone and wrought iron filigree panels, have been removed and apparently lost. There are plans to restore the original treatment (summer, 2009). The Brookside Park Bridge is an unusual and technologically significant example of 3-hinge, concrete (unreinforced) arch. The hinges are designed to compensate for movement in the arch, however it means the arch suffers from greater deflection and the hinges are difficult to fabricate. Hinges were far more commonly applied to steel arches in the late 19th to early 20th century. The bridge's technological significance is as a variation in concrete arch construction dating from a period of experimentation and development with the material. It is also an aesthetic design with stone veneer to appear as a traditional stone arch bridge in a natural setting. This is one of the earliest examples of its design in the country. Although original railings have been lost in order to accommodate construction of the new Fulton Avenue bridge (this bridge was used as part of the construction staging), the original plans survive. The technologically significant aspect of bridge remains. Located in historically noteworthy landscape. High artistic merit. Design is rare. Metro Parks intends to rehabilitate it once Fulton Ave is finished.


Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Big Creek on Pedestrian Walkway
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Built 1909
3-hinge, concrete (unreinforced) arch
Total length: 86.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.44886, -81.71725   (decimal degrees)
41°26'56" N, 81°43'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/440089/4588835 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cleveland South
Inventory number
BH 68274 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Arch (11,916)
Built 1909 (747)
Built during 1900s (7,081)
Cleveland, Ohio (110)
Closed-spandrel arch (3,923)
Cuyahoga County, Ohio (189)
Deck arch (11,161)
First of its kind (29)
NR-eligible (4,034)
Ohio (3,320)
Open (39,437)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,500)

Update Log 

  • September 26, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "First of its kind"
  • July 3, 2015: Added by Nathan Holth


  • Nathan Holth
  • HAER OH-14 - Brookside Park Bridge, Spanning Big Creek & Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH