Schmitz Park Bridge

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Schmitz Park Bridge
The name of the bridge and year it was built engraved in concrete
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
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)
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-foot (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.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  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 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  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.