William Howe (architect)

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Modified Howe Truss design. HAER report

William Howe (born 1803 in Spencer, Massachusetts), was an American bridge builder. He patented the Howe truss design for covered bridges in 1840.[1] He died in 1852.

Examples of Howe bridges[edit]

Existing examples of Howe truss bridges include:

United States[edit]

Switzerland and Liechtenstein[edit]


  1. ^ Raymond W. Smith (December 1977), Covered Bridges of Washington County TR / Buskirk, Rexleigh, Eagleville, and Shushan Covered Bridges (PDF), National Park Service