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Porter Memorial Bridge

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Institution Name: Doane College
Original/Historic Place Name: Porter Memorial Bridge
Location on Campus: northwest of Frees Hall spanning small creek
Date(s) of Construction:
1931original construction Cassel, A. T.
Designer: A. T. Cassel
Type of Place: Landscape site
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, landscape
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Function:
1931-present (2006)outdoor space (bridge over waterway)
 

Narrative:
Porter Memorial Bridge was built in 1931 to span the small stream between Gaylord Hall and the newly-constructed Frees Hall to the southeast. This bridge is made of cast concrete in the same classical design as the Brandt Memorial Bridge spanning Miller Pond. The bridge honors Kezzie Porter Brande, class of 1905, who according to the dedication plaque, "loved the Doane campus."

The bridge, which is in good condition, continues to carry heavy student traffic daily, and since its completion in 1931, it has been a critical component of the foot traffic patterns on campus.
 

References:

Jeffries, Janet L. "Gentility on the Prairie, Urbanization and Refinement in Crete, Nebraska, 1871-1891." M. A. thesis, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 1996.

Perry, Thomas D., ed. History of Doane College 1872-1912. Crete, NE: Doane College, 1957.

Ziegler, Donald J. A College on a Hill, Life at Doane College, 1872-1987. Lincoln, NE: Media Publishing, 1990.

 

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