Pulteney Bridge

  title={Pulteney Bridge},
  author={Jean Manco},
  journal={Architectural History},
  pages={129 - 145}
  • J. Manco
  • Published 1995
  • History
  • Architectural History
Bridges lined with shops have always been rarities, but Robert Adam’s creation in Bath has more than novelty value. His restrained composition of curves and rectangles was one of the visual delights of English Neo-classicism. The uncluttered lines of the river façades were designed to be effective at a distance, while the elevations to the road provided an interesting play of light and shadow for passers-by. Paradoxically, the success of the concept destroyed the architecture. Within twenty…