This WPA land reclamation project (a process by which new land is created from sea or riverbeds) appears to have taken place where 28th street runs into the San Diego coastline near East Harbor Drive. Note the ships and masts… Read More
Frederick Schweigardt (1885 – 1948) was a student of the Stuttgart and Munich art academies in Germany, Schweigardt also studied with Anguste Rodin in Paris, where he received first prize at the Paris Exposition of 1913. Schweigardt was named the… Read More
Belle Baranceanu painted this oil on canvas mural in 1935 with funds provided by the federal government. She rushed to compleyed it for the 1935-1936 California Pacific International Exposition and would later claim that she could not stand to look… Read More
Originally built in 1915 as the Foreign Arts Building for the Panama-California Exposition, it was renovated and expanded in 1935, with WPA money for the California-Pacific International Exposition. Rose Hanks created an incised relief doorway depicting Junipero Serra for the… Read More
“Lane Field is a former baseball stadium located in San Diego, California. The ballpark was home to the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League from 1936 through 1957. The ballpark was located in downtown San Diego, at the… Read More
Named for the numerous Pepper Trees that provide shade to the picnic area, the popular Pepper Grove offers picnic grounds with 15 tables and an extensive playground for children.
Granite, with a mosaic and a frieze around the base. Dedicated in 1939. A 23′ high figure of a woman holding an olla on her left shoulder, symbolizing the need for water conservation in southern California. She is surrounding by… Read More
These three murals in the San Diego County Administration Center were produced under the WPA by Jean Goodwin and Arthur Ames (who later married). Each mural stands about 18′ high and is painted in egg tempera on muslin over a… Read More
Originally the San Diego Civic Center (now the County Administration Center), it was built on 19 acres of filled tidelands. Inscribed on the portal is the motto: 'The Noblest Motive is the Public Good'. FDR dedicated the civic center on… Read More
From the archive photo descriptions of this WPA built station: “The fire station was a new construction project, building forms, placing reinforced steel and pouring concrete. The ground floor of the building measures 50×85 feet. The main part of the… Read More
Arist Belle Baranceanu painted two large murals on the sides of the stage at Roosevelt Junior High (now Roosevelt Middle School) in San Diego for the WPA Curriculum Project. The San Diego Historical Society notes: “For Roosevelt Junior High she… Read More
These two 10' x 20' murals by Charles Reiffel were originally installed in the Russ Auditorium at San Diego High School.