Needham Street Bridge

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Needham Street Bridge
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Needham Street Bridge is located in Massachusetts
Needham Street Bridge
Needham Street Bridge is located in the US
Needham Street Bridge
Location Needham St. at Charles River, Needham and Newton, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°18′23″N 71°13′3″W / 42.30639°N 71.21750°W / 42.30639; -71.21750Coordinates: 42°18′23″N 71°13′3″W / 42.30639°N 71.21750°W / 42.30639; -71.21750
Built 1875
Architect Blaisdell,Hiram; Wheeler,William
Architectural style Stone-arch bridge
MPS Newton MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP September 04, 1986

The Needham Street Bridge is a historic bridge at Needham Street over the Charles River connecting Needham and Newton, Massachusetts. The bridge was built in 1875, when Needham Street was laid out, connecting Newton Centre, Newton Highlands, and Needham center. It was designed and built by Hiram Blaisdell and William Wheeler, then in the early stages of a successful civil engineering career. The bridge is one of the finest surviving stone arch bridges in the Boston area. The bridge is distinctive among those that do survive as not having been widened.[2]

The bridge has three spans, with a total length of 95 feet (29 m) and a roadway width of 40 feet (12 m); there are 65 feet (20 m) of wing walls along the river banks. Each span is a semi-elliptical arch spanning 27 feet (8.2 m). It is one of Newton's oldest bridges.[2]

The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Needham Street Bridge". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-04-17.