A City Beautiful Bridge in San Antonio
Built in 1915, the Commerce Street Bridge over the San Antonio River in Bexar County illustrates the embellishments and craftsmanship common at the time. This concrete T-beam bridge is just one of many structures commissioned for city beautification in San Antonio.
Reminiscent of Greek temples and Classical monuments, the Commerce Street Bridge displays numerous Neoclassical adornments, with engraved columns and a geometric patterned railing. Stone accents frame the concrete, enhancing the impressive structure.
On top of the bridge stands a seven-foot statue of a Native American man named "The First Inhabitant." Designed by Waldine Tauch, the statue displays the union of Revival design with American frontier images.