Delaware Park - Table of Contents .............................. Museum District - Table of Contents
Delaware Park Bridge
Buffalo, New York
|1901, in time for the Pan-Am Expostion.
Built by the City of Buffalo to replace a wood and iron bridge. The city also rebuilt the Casino and boathouse.
See also: Highlights of Buffalo's History, 1901
|Bridge of the Three Americas|
|Venetian. The casino was also rebuilt in the same style. The Pan-Am featured a "Venetian lagoon," i.e., Hoyt Lake (formerly named Delaware Park Lake) which was dredged to make it suitable for canoes and, of course, gondolas.|
|Two white lions at each bridge entrance were temporary, like all the buildings except
the New York State Building (now the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society
There are 6 stone heads that function as keystones on either side of the three arches.
On the side facing the Casino, the two outer heads represent Native Americans, and the middle one an idealized head representing Buffalo.
On the other side, the heads represent the three doges (grand dukes) of Venice: Dandolo, Michaeli, and Morosini.
Sources of information:
- "Bridge in Park," by Chris Andrle in the March 8, 2001 issue of Art Voice.
- "The Rainbow City," by Kerry S. Grant. Bflo: Canisius College Press, 2001
C. 1900 photograph ... Photograph from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920
Pan-Am postcard showing entrance lions (removed later) ... Postcard courtesy of Jerry Maragliano
Two outer heads represent Native Americans, and the middle one an idealized head representing Buffalo.
Two stone balusters ... Vitruvian scroll
Voussoirs ... Keystone detail below: