Carriage Roads – Part III – Bridges
For my third installment of the series “The Carriage Roads”, I wanted to focus on the bridges that are located throughout the roads system. There are 16 bridges in all. Of these 16 bridges, only 3 of them cross over or under automobile roads, the other 13 are tucked away, deep in the woods, like wonders to be discovered in a treasure hunt.
The bridge pictured above was the first to be built in 1917. As with all of the bridges Rockefeller’s ideal was to have them blend into the landscape and “delight the eye”. Each one was to have their own character and view. Some were small and intimate in nature, some sweeping and grand.
It took 21 years to complete the 16 bridges. All of the bridges are made out of Maine granite, and all have (for those architect geeks out there), barrel or modified Gothic arches. The design of the bridges were inspired by Rockefeller’s trips to Europe and a couple of them were modeled after a favorite bridge in Central Park, in New York City.
The granite was cut “rough-hewn” to show off the craftsmanship required to cut the stone, but to maintain an informal look.
The entry and exit on the bridges were equally important with the goal to provide a seamless transistion between the landscape and the bridge.
Of the sixteen bridges, I have hiked over (or under) eleven. Five to go! Part four (and likely final) installment of this series will discuss the Gatehouses on the Carriage Road system.