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Askew Bridge

  • Also Known As: Soap and Whiskey Bridge

  • Address: N 6th St
  • Vicinity: Woodward St
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Structure

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Askew Bridge


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1856/00/00 Richard Boyse Osborne Engineer The Skew Arch Bridge is designed by Richard Osborne in 1856. The model of the bridge he submitted to the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad was made of pieces of soap.
1857/00/00 Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Co Owner The three span Skew Arch Bridge is built using true skew arches, in which the courses of stone are laid on helicoidal curves. Workers were paid partially in whiskey.
1999/00/00 Norfolk Southern Railway Owner Askew Bridge was acquired by Conrail after the Reading Company demise in 1976 and was transferred to Norfolk Southern Railway in 1999.

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Particulars for Askew Bridge:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Structure type Bridge
Criteria Historic Event
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Area of Significance Railroad
Sight Category Structure
Area of Significance Transportation

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 73001590
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: Osborne,Richard
Architectural Style: No style listed
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Transportation, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1850-1874
Historic Function: Transportation
Historic Sub-Function: Rail-related
Current Function: Transportation
Current Sub-Function: Rail-related

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