Mission Trails Historic Sites

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Roosevelt Avenue Underpass and Railroad Bridge

The Roosevelt Avenue underpass travels under the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge (formerly the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad) and pedestrian bridge. The bridges include a steel stringer and a steel girder with steel floor beams, and were built in 1936 subsequent to construction of the section of the “new” Roosevelt Avenue, just west of South St. Mary’s Street. The underpass was completed in 1937 and consists of four automobile travel lanes and two elevated sidewalks. The design of the underpass reflects two popular architectural styles of the time period: Art Deco and Mission Revival.

The Art Deco style is expressed in the detail of geometric forms seen in the concrete piers and railings of the bridges. The arcaded walkways reflect the Mission Revival style, and the cast stone quatrefoil (a symmetrical shape with four lobes) details on the underpass walls echo the Rose Window of Mission San José. The underpass and bridge were determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places during a 1995 TxDOT Bridge Survey (Harris et al 2011).

Sources

  • Harris, Brandy, Amy McWhorter, Kelley Russell, and Casey Hanson

    2011 - Historic Resources Reconnaissance Survey Report, “Mission Trails” Enhancement Project, Package V Final Hike-and-Bike Trail Amenities, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, TxDOT San Antonio District, PBS&J, Austin, Texas, Document No. 100231.
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