Fourth Street Bridge
Built in 1931, this reinforced concrete arched bridge exhibits character-defining features of Gothic Revival monumental bridge design. Located on Fourth Street as it crosses the Los Angeles River between Boyle Heights and Downtown Los Angeles, the bridge rests on several vertical piers with closed spandrel barrel arch spans and two larger vertical piers at its center where it crosses the Los Angeles River. The central open spandrel arched span uses a fixed hinge design. On the western section of the subject structure, the deck slits into two roadways. Two pairs of massive piers on the central portion of the deck have lancet arch openings and Gothic-style decorative elements. The deck of the bridge exhibits a sculpted concrete railing with incised trefoil patterns on triangular forms. Low-height pylons support fluted electroliers with paired Gothic-style light fixtures. Several piers feature built-in seating for pedestrians.
The Fourth Street Bridge was one of only two bridges on the Los Angeles River to depart from the Beaux-Arts and Classical aesthetic and use a Period Revival design. The subject structure introduced a new type of experimentation in bridge design by the early 1930s. Although its use of the Gothic style produced a highly original and distinctive bridge, the bridge in its materials, form, and layout is still tied securely to the monumental bridge aesthetic of other Los Angeles River Bridges.
The total length is 1837.0 feet, with the largest span at 278.9 feet.
Please visit the other caches in the Los Angeles River Bridge series:
Main Street Bridge 1910
First Street Bridge 1929
Fourth Street Bridge 1930
Washington Blvd Bridge 1931
According to the guidelines, I needed to move the caches off the bridges. Check back for the other bridge cache once I get them moved.