4011 Franklin Avenue 90027
4011 Franklin Avenue 90027 Los Feliz USA
“Shakespeare Bridge”: Historic-Cultural Monument 126. Declared 04/17/74. Built on Franklin Avenue over Monon Street between St. George Street and Myra Ave.
“A picturesque useful span with Gothic arches and turrets. Built in the 1920’s.”
A great open spandrel arch is laced by long gothic arches. At both ends of the bridge are pairs of gothic aedicula. (Source: g&w, 1985, p.181 & g&w, 1977, p.164) Architectural style: Gothic Description: Franklin Avenue Bridge spans a ravine between Myra Avenue and St. George Street in the Silver Lake/Los Feliz section of Los Angeles. The bridge is of reinforced concrete construction with spread footings; concrete abutments; and three, unequal length, open spandrel arches. It is 262 feet in length, and 30 feet in width; the bridge supports a two lane, Portland cement deck, and one sidewalk. Architectural details consist of steeple-like Gothic style turrets at the bridge entrance, classical balustrades/handrails, lancet arches in the balustrades and structural arch spandrels, brackets, and lighting composed of simple columns that support single globes along the roadway and single round globes at the turrets. The bridge appears to be unaltered. J. C. Wright, designer. City Engineers Office. 1926Robert Metcalf, contractor.Present owner: City of Los Angeles, 200 N. Spring Street. L.A. 90012 Significance: Franklin Avenue Bridge is located in the East Hollywood Addition, which was annexed to the City of Los Angeles on February 28, 1910. The bridge was constructed over an approximately thirty-five foot deep ravine to connect Franklin Avenue to an area known as the Ivanhoe District (Tract; also known as Franklin Hills) in the 1920’s.This bridge is one of the many reinforced concrete bridges constructed in Los Angeles during the 1920’s. Franklin Avenue Bridge was financed by the establishment of a special assessment district. J. C. Wright, a civil engineer with the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, de-signed the bridge and Robert Metcalf, contractor, was the builder of the bridge. The bridge, commonly called “Shakespeare Bridge” by the area’s residents, was completed in 1926 for the cost of $59,960. In 1974, the bridge was declared Historic Cultural Monument # 126. A plaque, with the inscription “Shakespeare Bridge1926 with Gothic arches and turrets is a picturesque, useful span serving Franklin Avenue,” is attached to an entrance turret.The 1978 Franklin Avenue Bridge; Bureau of Engineering Seismic Analysis Report; D. M. 150B201, plan 29446, 03/24/86, indicates that the structure is inadequate for transverse seis-mic loadings; and that repair of the railings, turrets, arches, columns, and struts is needed. Franklin Avenue Bridge possess integrity of location, design, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association. It contributes to the Los Angeles built environment as an artistic example of reinforced concrete bridge construction. (Source: Historic Cultural Monument Inventory.)
“Father, Robert Metcalf, was the sole contractor for bridge which was designed by City forces. Started 1924; finished October 1926.” (Source: Telephone call from Mrs. Catherine Metcalf McGowan, 03/04/73, 4311 Kingswell, Los Angeles, 90027. 213/661-1266, 213/467-4161. She has early photographs; willing to lend. Was in L.A. Times 03/01/74
The bridge was retrofitted to meet seismic standards in 1997. Grand reopening party April 19, 1998. (Source: “New Day for Old Bridge”, Los Angeles Times, 04/20/98, B1.)
See “Another Casualty of Car Culture” So-Cal P.O.V. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times Magazine, 06/14/98, p. 15.