On October 2, 2005, a capstone fell off the historic Perry Avenue bridge, bringing the structure face-to –face with twenty-first century road regulations, some of which might ultimately have destroyed it.
The Perry Avenue Bridge is the first property in Silvermine to be listed on the National Register as of November 2006. Nomination to the National Register has helped make Norwalk aware of the historic value on this 1899 stone arch bridge. The technology of this type of bridge reaches far back into antiquity and is well-respected by engineers. This is one of the few bridges in Norwalk which withstood the 1955 flood. Before it was built, a series of wooden bridges spanned the Silvermine River, dating back to 1813..
The bridge has been carefully restored, strengthened against floods, and has a new railing. We thank the city of Norwalk for working with us on this beautiful historic structure, a bridge that frames the picturesque waterfall flowing over the dam of the Guthrie Mill pond. The bridge was reopened in May 2008.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Perry Avenue Bridge
From left to right: Leigh Grant (president NASH), Sue Cruickshank (president of SCA), Councilman Bill Krummel, State Senator Bob Duff, Mayor Richard Moccia, Councilman Fred Bondi, and Councilwoman Kelly Straniti
(Titles as they were May 2008)