Stanley Brook Bridge

Line drawing of a masonry bridge along Acadia\'s historic carriage road system
Stanley Brook Bridge

Historic American Engineering Record, National Park Service, Kate E. Curtis, 1994

Quick Facts

Scenic View/Photo Spot

Stanley Brook Bridge (1933) was the 16th of 17 bridges constructed along 57 miles of carriage road on Mount Desert Island between 1917 and 1940. It carries the carriage road over the new Stanley Brook motor road as well as the Stanley Brook watercourse and the Seaside Trail. It was the last bridge designed and built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. on the carriage road system.

Designed by Charles Stoughton and completed by S.F. Ralston, Stanley Brook Bridge is one of the few bridges at which landscape architect Beatrix Farrand’s plantings can still be seen, as much of her work on the carriage roads was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1947.

The triple-arch structure is 180 feet long, and 23 feet at the highest point, constructed of quarry-faced, random-laid ashlar granite over a reinforced-concrete substructure. The facade has random projecting blocks, the arches have slender radiating voussoirs, and the wingwalls have projecting stone scuppers. The parapet walls slope upward toward the crown of the center arch where they form a peak, and are capped with granite capstones and pierced with narrow, beveled embrasures above each arch. The parapet walls terminate in large engaged endposts with stepped sides and peaked capstones. A lookout is incorporated into the north wall at the west end of the bridge.