Arlington Memorial Bridge is a low, neo-classical bridge. Nine broad arches cross the river; roadways pass through additional segmental-arched openings at either end. 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 riverside.
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 Inventory: November 8, 1964
National Register: April 4, 1980