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Calvert Vaux's Oak Bridge Rebuilt in Central Park

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Back in 1860 when Calvert Vaux and Frederic Law Olmstead gave the world Central Park, one key element at the northern end of the Lake was Oak Bridge, a span constructed of white oak and cast iron leading into the Ramble. That bridge has since been replaced twice, first with another fancy one in the 1870s (when it was renamed the Bank Rock Bridge), and then again in the lean years of the Great Depression by a utilitarian model in tubular steel with a wood plank floor. Now the original Vaux design, re-imagined by Jan Herd Pokorny Associates, is being reconstructed. Again we get carved white oak and cast iron, but now it all sits atop a very substantial base that should last for generations, or until Donald Trump pays for a solid-gold bridge with inlays of his initials.
· Oak Bridge, Central Park [Jan Hird Pokorny Associates]
· Central Park coverage [Curbed]