Irving Gill-Designed Bridge
Celebrates 100th Birthday - 2013
The Torrance Irving Gill-designed Bridge celebrated its 100th birthday, and
after a century -- received a facelift. The City of Torrance was in charge of
the construction of the rehabilitation, repair and beautification of the
Historic Pacific Electric Railroad Bridge, listed in the National Register of
Historical Places. The restoration project consisted of concrete repairs of
cracks and spalls on the bridge deck, girders, columns, wingwall, soffit,
wooden railing replacement, surface cleaning and vegetation grubbing, and
lighting. These improvements met the Secretary of Interior Standards for the
Treatment of Historic Properties as well as current California and Federal
Building and Public Works Codes and Standards.
Historic preservation consultants Chattel, Inc.
worked with structural engineer Krakower & Associates, concrete specialist
Preservation Arts, and City of Torrance Department of Public Works to develop
a project that brought back the modern elegance of the arched bridge.
Construction began Wednesday, February 13 2013, with a tentative completion
date of Wednesday, May 8th, 2013.
The bridge was rededicated Thursday, May 23, 2013.
See pictures of the
bridge and rededication.
This graceful railroad bridge, designed in 1913 by the
renowned Dominguez Land Corp.'s in-house architect, Irving Gill, allowed the
trains to carry the raw materials and finished goods of Torrance's factories
so that they would not block Los Angeles-bound motor traffic on Torrance Blvd.
The bridge also carried the noise and vibration of the rail cars away from the
city's downtown Torrance depot and made it possible for goods manufactured
here to be shipped via Los Angeles and San Pedro.
The bridge is located on Torrance Blvd., west of Western Ave. In 1989, it
became the second property in Torrance to be placed on the National Register
of Historic Places.
For additional information, visit: http://www.torranceca.gov/24767.htm.