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    Glendale Cemetery Improvements – Des Moines IA

    Date added: July 31, 2016; Modified: March 31, 2023

    “In 1938 and 1939 a Works Progress Administration project made several improvements” to Des Moines’s Glendale Cemetery, “which included improving curbing and the six miles of winding roads through the hilly property and making a two-acre lake which continues to… read more

    Des Moines Federal Courthouse: Rhodes Mural – Des Moines IA

    Date added: May 9, 2020; Modified: May 9, 2020

    The Treasury Section of Fine Arts commissioned “the Wheelwright” painted by artist Daniel Rhodes in 1942 for the Clayton Branch Post Office in St. Louis, Missouri. The mural was removed from the post office in 1971 and relocated to the Des… read more

    Iowa State Fairgrounds – Des Moines IA

    Date added: May 1, 2013; Modified: January 16, 2018

    The WPA undertook extensive construction and improvements at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in the mid 1930s. The Iowa State Fair information page describes the history of the site and the extent of the work carried out by the WPA: “Extensive improvements… read more

    Des Moines, Iowa Fire Department

    Des Moines Fire Department – Des Moines IA

    Date added: December 7, 2011; Modified: April 12, 2017

    "This is a modern fire station which includes not only all the necessary facilities for the fighting but also provisions for training, recreation, housing of personnel, and maintenance of all equipment. The building is located in the business district of… read more

    Polk County Administration Building Extension – Des Moines IA

    Date added: December 7, 2013; Modified: April 11, 2017

    This large 1910 Treasury Department-funded building, located at Walnut St. and 2nd Ave. in downtown Des Moines, underwent an extension during the New Deal. At the time the structure was a federal building and housed post office operations. The building… read more

    Callanan Middle School Murals – Des Moines IA

    Date added: May 1, 2013; Modified: June 17, 2016

    From the school website: “In the 1930s the famous WPA Murals, under the direction of Grant Wood, were painted for the walls of Callanan. The school was fortunate to be chosen to have two such artistic treasures to beautify the… read more

    Sylvan Theater Historic District – Des Moines IA

    Date added: July 2, 2013

    “Built in a public park in 1931, the Sylvan Theater Historic District reflects a movement that took place throughout the United States in the 1930s. It was a movement to expand the facilities of parks beyond the passive enjoyment of… read more