• Elmira Academy (former) Annex – Elmira NY

    The historic Elmira [Free] Academy (most recently the Ernie Davis Middle School) was the recipient of a large annex constructed with the assistance of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. “[I]n 1938 an annex was built on the north side… read more

  • Harris Hill Park – Elmira NY

    “The prominence of soaring in Elmira was established with the first thirteen national soaring contests, held here from 1930 to 1946. This was made possible through an alliance of the Soaring Society of America (SSA), the Harris Hill Soaring Corporation… read more

  • Chemung River Dikes – Elmira NY

    The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) constructed a dike at Liberty Street in Elmira, New York to mitigate the flood hazard posed by the Chemung River. Living New Deal does not know the current status of this project.

  • Nicks Street Repaving – Elmira NY

    Elmira, New York’s former Nick Street, which no longer exists, was repaved by the federal Civil Works Administration (CWA) in 1934. “Another project approved is the repaving of Nicks Street, which connects State Street and Exchange Place in the rear… read more

  • City Hall (work site) – Elmira NY

    Alterations to City Hall were undertaken and the labor funded by the federal Civil Works Administration in 1934. In addition to physical modifications, the CWA funded clerical assistance: “The city has also been notified that salaries of an auditor and… read more

  • Dunn Field – Elmira NY

    The construction of Dunn Field during the Great Depression was enabled by a federal Public Works Administration (PWA) grant. Construction occurred between 1938 and 1939. The ballpark is still in use today. (PWA Docket No. [W]1619)

  • Post Office (former) – Horseheads NY

    The historic post office building in Horseheads, New York was constructed as the town’s post office during the Great Depression. The building now houses the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes.

  • Using WPA Art to Address Climate Change

    There are many ways to hold up the example of the New Deal in a time of greed, privatization, and creeping social and climatic threats. Celebrating public art and institutions, the USPS released 20 stamps reproducing works by the WPA’s Poster… read more