York Bridge Concepts, Inc. Designs a Covered Vehicular Bridge for Flagler County’s Princess Place Preserve

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A Timber Vehicular Covered Bridge was chosen to replace the current concrete structure. The construction of this intricately-designed bridge will begin in May of 2012.

Princess Place Preserve’s Hunting Lodge 
(Designed by William Wright)

Princess Place Preserve’s Hunting Lodge (Designed by William Wright)

We chose York Bridge Concepts to build the bridge because we were aware of their reputation and were familiar with some of their work. We wanted to be associated with the most experienced and professional timber bridge builder.

Working alongside the Florida Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the Board of County Commissioners of Flagler County (Florida) and S.E. Cline Construction, Inc., York Bridge Concepts, Inc. (YBC) has completed the design of Princess Place Preserve’s new Timber Vehicular Covered Bridge which will be replacing their current concrete structure. YBC will begin the bridge construction in May of 2012.

Princess Place Preserve, located in Palm Coast, FL, was originally known as “Cherokee Grove” and was part of the 1100-acre land grant given to Francisco Pellicer from the King of Spain, in 1791. One of the first orange groves was added when Henry Cutting (a famous entrepreneur) purchased the land in 1886. A year later, Cutting built a hunting lodge on the property (designed by William Wright) in an Adirondack Camp Style, using materials like coquina rock (YBC coquina-mining bridge), southern yellow pine, and palm trunks. The lodge still stands today and features a wrap-around porch, stable, tennis court and Florida’s first in-ground swimming pool.

In 1892, Cutting died of sudden “natural” causes and shortly after his death, Cutting’s widow, Angela, moved to New York where she met an exiled Russian Prince (Boris Sherbatoff) and married to become Princess Angela Sherbatoff. Because the “royal” coupled decided to reside at “Cherokee Grove,” they appropriately renamed it Princess Place. After running through a few more hands and a few more enhancements (addition of caretaker’s home and estate home south of the hunting lodge), in 1993, 435 acres of the property was purchased with funding from the State of Florida through one of first Preservation 2000 grants. Princess Place Preserve was formally dedicated in 1994. Afterwards, an additional 1000 acres were added with funding from the State of Florida and the River Water Management District. Additionally, Flagler County was awarded a preservation grant which allowed the land to be rehabilitated and surveyed. Princess Place Preserve has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

According to Hap Cameron (VP of S.E. Cline Construction, Inc.), “We chose York Bridge Concepts to build the bridge because we were aware of their reputation and were familiar with some of their work. We wanted to be associated with the most experienced and professional timber bridge builder.” Originally, a new concrete design was in the works to replace the current structure, but after seeing YBC’s comprehensive catalogue of custom covered bridges, the county decided to request a new bid — this time with an option for a timber covered vehicular bridge.This bridge will be one of the 71 documented covered bridges in Florida, making it an instant landmark.

Princess Place’s bridge design stemmed from a detail lighting picture that was originally given to the YBC designers. This picture excerpt was pulled from the Cherokee Grove, Historic American Buildings Survey and the U.S. Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation. It was originally drawn by Charles Chase in 1972. The design inspiration flows freely through the 45-foot covered bridge with its dark stains, black wire mesh and hardware accents. The heavy timber cover and wood shingles even mimic the roofing on the hunting lodge. James York (Owner of York Bridge Concepts, Inc.) stated, “Each covered bridge we design at YBC takes on a life of its own — no two can be alike if the principles of history, surrounding architecture and ingenuity are melded together.”

Princess Place Preserve’s timber covered vehicular bridge will create a timeless entryway and will provide unparalleled authenticity for generations, tying in well with the Preserve’s extensive historic significance. This soon-to-be landmark bridge will become a part of history, welcoming nature lovers, equine enthusiasts, Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts of America, students and many other visitors.

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About York Bridge Concepts
York Bridge Concepts, Inc. (YBC) is the nation's largest on-site timber vehicular bridge builder. YBC works with industry-leading owners and developers on prestigious projects throughout the U.S. and Internationally, creating more than just a solution for crossing lakes, streams, creeks, wetlands or ravines. In this competitive real estate market, developers who want to ensure that their project stands apart from the competition use York Bridges to add value and create a feeling of exclusivity, warmth, and quality for their customers. Based in Lutz, Florida, with 28 years of experience, YBC has become well-known for their expertise and cutting-edge innovation in timber bridge design and on-site construction.

For more information, please visit YBC’s website at http://www.ybc.com

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