New Mexico New Deal Sites June 2019 - Photo #213 - Santa Fe River Park and Don Gaspar Bridge

The Don Gaspar Bridge in Santa Fe River Park, Don Gaspar Avenue connecting Alemeda and East de Vargas Streets, next to the Supreme Court building. Built in 1934 by the WPA and/or CCC. "The Don Gaspar Bridge was the first rigid-frame bridge erected in New Mexico and the first utilitarian structure designed in the Pueblo Revival style. It is the standard for subsequent spans over the Santa Fe River."[2]
  1. Don Gaspar Bridge, National Register #02001163, 2002. This listing should be available HERE, but "Http/1.1 Service Unavailable". It would detail the New Deal involvement in the project.
  2. Don Gaspar Bridge,, accessed 15 July 2019.
  3. Don Gaspar Bridge, Historic Cultural Properties Inventory (HCPI) Base Form (FORM 1), Historic Preservation Division, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, accessed 15 July 2019: "The Don Gaspar Bridge, historically known as El Puente de Los Conquistadores, is located on Don Gaspar Avenue over the Santa Fe River south of the Plaza in Santa Fe. The 58'-long bridge is composed of a single reinforced concrete rigid-frame span. It gracefully spans the river by a 50'-long elliptical arch. Itcarries two lanes of traffic over a 41'-6"-wide concrete roadway. Seven-foot wide sidewalks are provided on both sides of the structure. The handrail, or 'parapet', is composed of a solid concrete wall continuing above the arch and treated with a pebbled-dash finish. The walls terminate with heavy concrete posts rounded at the corners to reflect the blunted parapet ends of the Spanish-Pueblo Revival style. It rests on abutmentswith skewed wingwalls terminating the bridge at its northeast and southeast ends; the northwest corner has a straight wingwall, while the southwest corner joins directly with a concrete retaining wall. Constructed in 1934, under a New Deal funding program, the Don Gaspar Bridge has spanned the Santa Fe River for 80 years."