11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Bridge of Lions

Year Listed: 1997
Location: St. Augustine, Florida
Threat: Road Construction

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Photo: James Quine

Significance

Facing calls for its replacement with a new, larger crossing, St. Augustine's Bridge of Lions was in danger of being destroyed in 1997.

The 1927 bridge had been carrying traffic over the Matanzas River for almost 75 years – a fittingly picturesque entry into one of America's oldest cities. Featuring marble lions guarding the western portal, tile-roofed towers flanking the draw, and 23 pairs of graceful arches, the Bridge of Lions was an integral component of St. Augustine's historic skyline.