Cowen Park Bridge

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Cowen Park Bridge
An art deco styled concrete bridge over a wooded ravine
Coordinates 47°40′24″N 122°18′43″W / 47.67332°N 122.31194°W / 47.67332; -122.31194Coordinates: 47°40′24″N 122°18′43″W / 47.67332°N 122.31194°W / 47.67332; -122.31194
Heritage status National Register of Historic Places, Seattle city landmark
Design Deck Arch
Material Concrete
Engineering design by Clark Eldridge
Opened 1936

The Cowen Park Bridge is a reinforced concrete arch bridge in Seattle, Washington. The bridge has a length of 358 ft (109 m) and carries 15th Avenue NE across a ravine in the Cowen Park. The bridges acts as a dividing line in the Ravenna-Cowen Park contiguous area, with the smaller area west of the bridge deemed Cowen Park and the larger area east of the bridge considered Ravenna Park. The bridge, which spans from NE 62nd Street to Cowen Place NE, connects the northern Roosevelt/Ravenna neighborhood with the beginning of the University District. The Cowen Park Bridge is one of two bridges that span the Ravenna Park ravine (the other being the 20th Avenue NE Bridge built in 1913) but is the only one open to vehicular traffic.

The bridge was built in 1936 under the authority of the Works Progress Administration. The bridge engineer was Clark Eldridge.[1] The structure is listed in the National Register of Historic Places,[2] and it is a designated city landmark.[3] The bridge has been praised for the 12 ft (3.7 m) Art Deco light standards along its sides.[4]


  1. ^ Long, Priscilla (March 24, 2001). "WPA builds Cowen Park Bridge in Seattle's Ravenna neighborhood in 1936". Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History. Retrieved March 2011.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ National Register of Historic Places; Annual Listing of Historic Properties (Part II) (PDF). National Park Service. March 1, 1983. p. 8669. 
  3. ^ "Individual Landmarks". City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ Kreisman, Lawrence (1999). Made To Last: Historic Preservation in Seattle and King County. Historic Seattle Preservation Foundation in association with the University of Washington Press. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-295-97846-8.