Demolition Threat: Pont Colbert
by Paul Alexandre, Dieppe, France, 1887-1889
The Colbert bridge in Dieppe (France) is under threat of dismantle because of the approval in 2009 of a project proposed by the Syndicat Mixte for the port in the town. Considered to be in bad condition, it has not been taken into account the extreme importance of the metallic structure: the Pont Colbert stands as one of the last operative examples of swing bridge in Europe. Designed by engineer Paul Alexandre and opened in 1889, the bridge has as well an aesthetic interest: it was designed following the style of its contemporary the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the adjacent buildings dating from decades later especially the operating cabin desgined by Jean Prouvé, contribute to create a very characteristic grouping that serves as a reference point in the life of Dieppe.
The Comité de Sauvegarde du Pont Colbert is fighting for its preservation and restoration, as well as defending its protection by the competent authorities.
Ana Tostoes, Chair of docomomo International, addressed a letter to the Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication de la Republique Française. See below the answer.
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