The Commission of Fine Arts had considered bridge designs for this site for years. Initially, designs were put forth by George Oakley Totten, Jr. and later by Paul Cret. The Commission finally settled on Cret's concrete bridge with dressed limestone…

This major engineering achievement conveyed many of the city's raw materials during mid-19th century. As a result, it influenced the creation and expansion of adjacent businesses, many using the canal as a water power source. The C&O Canal…