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An engineer, John Wolfe Barry, shared the design with Horace Jones, an architect. They were required to provide a bridge with 200 feet of lateral clearance and 135 feet of headroom. The Tower of London is very nearby, which seems to explain why the bridge is dressed with stone. At least one contemporary dismissed it as "gimcrack on a large scale" (5:502). Americans today are more respectful, almost as though they made a mistake 200 years ago. Not quite, but almost. (The source 5:502 refers to the six-volume guide to London architecture begun by Nikolaus Pevsner and carried on by others. It's the ultimate vademecum, except that it requires a small wheeled cart.)

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