Beacon Hill pedistrain awarded architectural award

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The Beacon Hill Pedistrain Bridge, aka Appleton Bridge is a great example of a bridge conceived as structural art balancing architecture and engineering goals,” wrote Miguel Rosales, the award-winning bridge designer and longtime Beacon Hill resident who designed the $12.5 Appleton Bridge as a major component of the $300 million-plus rehabilitation of the iconic Longfellow Bridge. “As the bridge designer, I am very pleased to receive this important award rarely given to a bridge project in the US. I hope that the Frances Appleton Bridge will help inspire other communities to strive for excellence in bridge design.”

Named for “Fanny” Appleton, the wife of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of the most widely known and best-loved American poets of his lifetime, as a lasting testament to their courtship during the 1840s when he crossed the Charles River from Cambridge to Beacon Hill each day to visit her, the 230-foot-long, steel-arch span that links Beacon Hill/Charles Circle to the Charles River Esplanade opened last year. (The bridge has the distinction of being the only fully ADA-accessible pedestrian bridge connecting to the riverfront.)

The Appleton Bridge was also recognized this year with the Arthur G. Hayden Medal, an international award recognizing bridge innovation and design.

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