H. H. Dickson Azalea Park/Washington Street Bridge

H. H. Dickson Azalea Park/Washington Street Bridge (HM1R82)

Location: Orlando, FL 32803 Orange County
Country: United States of America

N 28° 32.651', W 81° 21.487'

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H. H. Dickson Azalea Park

Dickson Azalea Park began as a natural stream, later named Fern Creek, in a deep ravine surrounded by native ferns, palms, and oaks. It once was a watering hole for cattle herders driving their animals south. State Senator Walter Rose (1888-1958) purchased 40 acres of land here in 1916 and platted most of it for development. He set aside five acres adjacent to the creek for a park, called Senator Rose park, which he deeded to the City of Orlando in 1924. In 1933, the Civitan Club presented the City Council with a proposal to beautify the overgrown park and asked the city to re-name it in honor of Colonel Henry Hill Dickson (1849-1935). An Orlando business pioneer and civic leader, Dickson devoted his energies to the beautification of Orlando, and was instrumental in planting azaleas throughout the city. In 1935, ground was broken for restoration of the overgrown property. Local landscape architect Mulford Foster designed the scheme for the park's plants, water features, bridges and paths, and Works Progress Adminsitration labor built the park's walls and steps. Dickson Azalea Park was designated an Orlando Historic Landmark in 1991.

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Washington Street Bridge

By 1926, it was clear that the deteriorating wooden bridge over Fern Creek could no longer accommodate vehicular traffic that was increasing daily as Orlando's development during the Florida land Boom moved farther east. The Orlando City Council decided to replace the wooden structure with a modern, more durable bridge. In July 1926, bids were submitted by several companies. A $10,400 proposal submitted by the Concrete Steel Bridge Company of Miami Beach was selected. Headquartered in New York City, the firm was a recognized leader in construction technology. Orlando City Engineer Morton Hagartney designed the span. The Washington Street Bridge is an especially fine example of a reinforced concrete arch deck bridge. Three 20-foot-long arches form the substructure that support the bridge's deck, and cantilevered floor beams widen to provide walkways on both sides of the bridge. Urn-shaped balusters set in panels separated by low pilasters and historically-inspired light fixtures on tapered posts give the bridge a classical appearance. The Washington Street Bridge is the only bridge of its kind in the City of Orlando, and was designated a Historic Landmark by the city in 1991.
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HM NumberHM1R82
Marker NumberF-808
Year Placed2014
Placed ByThe City of Orlando District 4 Commissioner Parry Sheehan, Girl Scouts of Citrus Council, Orlando Garden Club, Lake Lawsona Fern Creek Historical Neighborhood Association, Eugene & Lois Pawlak & Family, Dr. Howard Green & Family, The Van De Bogert Family, Deborah Kohan, The Magley Family, Robin & Nancy Lewis, Nancy & Walk Jones, Kathy Wickman, Theresa Smith and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, March 25th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 464967 N 3157539
Decimal Degrees28.54418333, -81.35811667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 32.651', W 81° 21.487'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 32' 39.06" N, 81° 21' 29.22" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)407, 321
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 110 Rosearden Dr, Orlando FL 32803, US
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