Schmitz Park Bridge

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Schmitz Park Bridge
The name of the bridge and year it was built engraved in concrete
Coordinates 47°34′38″N 122°24′07″W / 47.5772°N 122.402°W / 47.5772; -122.402Coordinates: 47°34′38″N 122°24′07″W / 47.5772°N 122.402°W / 47.5772; -122.402
Total length 175-foot (53 m)
Engineering design by Clark Eldridge
Construction end 1936
Schmitz Park Bridge
Seattle - Schmitz Park Bridge sign.jpg
Schmitz Park Bridge is located in Washington (state)
Schmitz Park Bridge
Schmitz Park Bridge is located in the United States
Schmitz Park Bridge
Location Spans Schmitz Park Ravine, Seattle, Washington
Coordinates 47°34′38″N 122°24′8″W / 47.57722°N 122.40222°W / 47.57722; -122.40222Coordinates: 47°34′38″N 122°24′8″W / 47.57722°N 122.40222°W / 47.57722; -122.40222
Built 1935 (1935)
Architect Clark Eldridge; Mahoney, J.
Architectural style Art Deco, rigid frame bridge
MPS Historic Bridges/Tunnels in Washington State TR
NRHP reference # 82004247[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 16, 1982
Designated SEATL December 28, 1981[2]

The Schmitz Park Bridge is a 175 ft (53 m) concrete-box bridge that spans a ravine in Seattle's Schmitz Park. Built in 1936, the structure is both listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated city landmark.[3][4]

The bridge was designed by city engineer Clark Eldridge. It replaced a timber-truss span that had been erected in 1916.[5] The funds were provided by the federal Public Works Administration and by local gas-tax and highway funds. The rigid frame created by the concrete box cells made the structure 60 percent longer than any such bridge previously constructed.[6][7]

The graffiti artwork underneath the bridge has received praise in C-Monster's art blog and from a critic with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.[8]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Landmarks and Designation". City of Seattle. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  3. ^ National Register of Historic Places; Annual Listing of Historic Properties (Part II) (PDF). National Park Service. March 1, 1983. p. 8669.
  4. ^ "Individual Landmarks". City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
  5. ^ West Seattle. Arcadia Publishing. 2010. p. 55. ISBN 978-0-7385-8133-0.
  6. ^ Long, Priscilla (December 23, 2007). "Schmitz Park Bridge in West Seattle is completed in December 1936". Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
  7. ^ Whipple, Harvey (1937). Concrete. 47: 340. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Blooming Concrete". Seattle Post-intelligencer. May 14, 2008. Retrieved March 27, 2011.

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