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Colorado Street Bridge
Alternative Title
Works Progress Administration Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
[ca. 1937]
Publication Information
Federal Writers' Project
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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The Colorado Street Bridge was designed and built in 1913 by the Kansas City (MO)-based firm of J.A.L. Waddell. With a span of 1,486 feet and known for its distinctive Beaux Arts arches, lights, and railings, the bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. In 1989, after the Loma Prieta earthquake in Northern California, the bridge was declared a seismic hazard and closed to traffic. It was reopened in 1993 after a substantial retrofit.
View of the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, spanning the Arroyo Seco below.
1 photograph :b&w
Photographic prints
Works Progress Administration Collection
WPA 2208 4x5
Arch bridges--California--Pasadena
Eclecticism in architecture--California--Pasadena
National Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks
Works Progress Administration Collection photographs
Pasadena (Calif.)
Colorado Street Bridge (Pasadena, Calif.)
Arroyo Seco (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Waddell, J. A. L.(John Alexander Low),1854-1938

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