Hermi's Bridge

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All images 2006 Stephen H. Moore  All Rights Reserved

Stephen H. Moore - Ace Photographer

"You round 'em up, I'll shoot 'em"


Hermi's Bridge (a 2-span, 280-ft.-long, pin-connected, Pratt, through-truss bridge constructed by the Cotton States Bridge Co.) was built in 1903 by Fulton and Cobb Counties as a single-lane auto bridge to replace Hardy's Ferry, a ferryboat which operated across the Chattahoochee River.  The bridge was abandoned in 1974, when it was replaced by the two-lane concrete bridge which is used today.  Cecil Alexander, a prominent Atlanta architect and his wife, Hermione ("Hermi") Weil Alexander led an effort to keep the bridge as a pedestrian crossing, instead of destroying it.  Hermi raised money to preserve the structure.  Following her tragic death in 1983, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners honored Cecil Alexander's  request to dedicate the bridge to the woman who did so much to keep it.   The bridge is now in disrepair, but Cecil Alexander has spearheaded the effort to save the bridge by appealing to Fulton and Cobb Counties to secure a federal grant and matching funds from Cobb County, the City of Atlanta and the PATH Foundation to restore it.  Mr. Alexander asked me photograph the progress.  These are photos from the first shoot, prior to the start of the restoration.

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