The Schuylkill Permanent Bridge High Street Philadelphia.Historical Images of Philadelphia Castner Scrapbook Collection
Item No: pdcc00462
Title: The Schuylkill Permanent Bridge High Street Philadelphia.Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection
Scene of a coverd bridge spanning a river with boats in the water. Two men gesturing on the riverbank.
Completed in 1805, the Schuylkill Permanent Bridge was the first covered bridge in America. Buit to replace a pontoon bridge at High Street (now Market) this new bridge was covered to protect it from the weather and thus extend its life. Designed by notable bridge architect Timothy Palmer, with woodwork and ornamentation by Owen Biddle, the bridge became a famous Philadelphia landmark. Widened in 1850 to accomodate a railroad connection with the Columbia and Pennsylvania Railroads, it was destroyed by fire in 1875.
Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.6
Creator Name: Biddle, Owen, 1774-1806
Palmer, Timothy, 1751-1821 - Architect
Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler