A drawing of a 19th-century bridge in Connecticut by New York architect Morgen Fleisig is the 2013 Holland Prize winner, the Library of Congress and National Park Service announced. The Leicester B. Holland Prize recognizes the best single-sheet, measured drawing of an historic building, site or structure prepared to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), or the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). It is an annual competition administered by the Heritage Documentation Programs of the National Park Service. The competition’s jury recommends winners to te Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering in the Library of Congress, which supports the prize through the Paul Rudolph Trust.
Fleisig, a practicing architect in New York, won the prize for his HAER measured drawing of the Turn-of-River Bridge in Stamford, Connecticut. Built in 1893 by the Berlin Iron Bridge Co. in Berlin, Connecticut, the bridge is a rare lenticular type. Fleisig had learned of this type of bridge from former Harvard Graduate School of Design professor Daniel Schodek while documenting other New England bridges with him for HAER in the early 1990s. Little documentation had been done on the lenticulars in the intervening years, and Fleisig found that the single-sheet format was ideal for delineating the beauty and clarity of the small and simple structure.