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Public Garden Footbridge

Artist:

Clemens Herschel and William G. Preston

Location:

Boston Public Garden, across lagoon  

Location

Boston Public Garden, across lagoon
United States
42° 21' 14.7708" N, 71° 4' 11.8164" W

Neighborhood:

Back Bay

Type:

Bridge

Year:

1867

Medium:

Grey stone and steel

Collection:

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

In 1837, Boston politician and philanthropist Horace Gray petitioned City Council to set aside part of the Boston Common for use as a botanical park. The Public Garden has since become one of the city’s most beloved landmarks, known in particular for its picturesque lagoon. As you cross over the water and its famous swan boats, you also cross what is said to be the world’s smallest suspension bridge. A suspension bridge consists of cables linked to vertical structures, which together support the weight of the deck—the surface used for crossing. This type of structure is generally used to cover longer distances, like the Golden Gate Bridge spanning San Francisco Bay. In this setting, the bridge adds a sense of grandeur to the quaint beauty of the gardens.

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