The sonnet quoted on the dedication sign for the Shakespeare Bridge Garden reads,“…So long lives this, and this give life to thee.” One can only assume this quote is a testament to the Franklin Village neighborhood’s insistence on bridge preservation. After all, they did spend $1.5 million on retrofitting the bridge after the ’94 quake.
It was built in 1926, coinciding with the decade of our monumental LA River bridges. In a similar decorative vein, this bridge is known for its mini tower-like structures we call “aedicules.” But, an aedicule is a small shrine and though I looked, I found no small alters inside.
That’s not the only misnomer going on here; this bridge is actually named “Franklin Avenue Bridge.” I don’t know how or when it became familiarly known as “The Shakespeare Bridge,” but I can certainly see Puck prancing to and fro over the ravine.