'20s Bridge Wins Historic Status

The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission granted historic-cultural monument status Wednesday to the Fletcher Drive Bridge, a 59-year-old span that crosses the Los Angeles River, connecting Glassell Park with Silver Lake and Elysian Valley.

The bridge, on Fletcher Drive between Larga Avenue and Crystal Street, is an example of classical bridges built by the city in the 1920s and 1930s, according to Alma Carlisle of the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering.

Distinguished architectural features of the 469-foot-long, 71-foot-wide bridge include pylons of articulated masonry at each entrance, a pierced railing and the decorative brass lanterns that line its walkway.

The Fletcher Drive Bridge was one of three authorized by the Bridge Bond Issue in 1925 and cost about $270,000 to build, according to the Bureau of Engineering report.

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