Arlington Memorial Bridge

The Arlington Memorial Bridge spans the Potomac River on the axis between the Lincoln Memorial in Washington and Arlington House in Virginia, joining the Lincoln Memorial Circle and Columbia Plaza on Columbia Island (Lady Bird Johnson Park).

The low, neoclassical bridge is 2,163 feet long and 90 feet between balustrades, carrying a 60- foot-wide roadway and 15-foot sidewalks. Nine broad arches cross the river; roadways pass through additional segmental-arched openings at either end. Except for the central bascule draw span, the; bridge is of reinforced concrete construction faced with dressed North Carolina granite ashlar.

Arlington Memorial Bridge and its related architectural, engineering sculptural, and landscape features are significant as important elements in-the neoclassical urban design of the National Capital,as it evolved during the first third of the 20th century. Successfully integrated with Washington's grand plan, the bridge composition enhances the monumental city as-well-as the riverscape.

Widely regarded as Washington's most beautiful bridge, Memorial Bridge symbolically links North and South in its alignment between the Lincoln Memorial and Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial; Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway terminus, Watergate steps, and monumental equestrian statuary join with the bridge in constituting a formal western term of the great Washington Mall composition at the edge of the Potomac. The bridge axis, angled southwesterly from the east-west Mall axis, is carried on Memorial Avenue across the Boundary Channel Bridge to the Virginia shore. There it terminates at the Arlington Hemicycle, keystone of the grand renaissance gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, with Arlington House rising as the focal point on the hill above. The Virginia portion of Memorial Avenue approaching the cemetery serves as an "Avenue of Heroes" for the placement of commemorative sculpture.

DC listing November 8, 1964,
NR listing April 4, 1980;
US ownership

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