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Recycled Riverside Avenue Bridge Links Greenwich's Past, Present

Sitting by the new plaque on the Riverside Avenue Bridge are Historical Society Executive Director Debra Mecky, right, with state Sen. Scott Frantz and Roseann Benedict, president of the Riverside Association.
Sitting by the new plaque on the Riverside Avenue Bridge are Historical Society Executive Director Debra Mecky, right, with state Sen. Scott Frantz and Roseann Benedict, president of the Riverside Association. Photo Credit: Provided
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GREENWICH, Conn. -- State Sen. L. Scott Frantz and Roseann Benedict, president of the Riverside Association, recently accepted a plaque on the Riverside Avenue Bridge.

The plaque recognizes the bridge's architectural and historical importance, according to a press release.

The bridge was built in 1871, moved to Greenwich in 1894 and rehabilitated (while maintaining its unique appearance) in 1989, according to a press release.

It originally was part of a longer railroad span that crossed the Housatonic River between Stratford and Milford. Also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is the only remaining cast-iron bridge in Connecticut.

The Greenwich Historical Society's Landmark Recognition Program has recognized and documented nearly 300 Greenwich homes and sites in the last 26 years, according to a press release. The program encourages preservation and draws attention to Greenwich's rich architectural heritage, according to a press release.

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