Arlington Memorial Bridge

The Arlington Memorial Bridge spans the Potomac River between the Lincoln Memorial in Washington and Arlington House in Virginia.

Arlington Memorial Bridge is a low, Neoclassical-style 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 Washington, DC 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. The bridge 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.

DC Inventory: November 8, 1964
National Register: April 4, 1980

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