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    Swallow Cliff Woods – Palos Park IL

    Date added: May 5, 2024; Modified: May 14, 2024

    The Civilian Conservation Corps built the Swallow Cliff Woods, an 800-acre nature preserve with 8 miles of trails in Palos Park IL, in the Palos Forest Preserves. It was operated by the Cook County Forest Preserve District. The park features… read more

    Facade facing 26th Street.

    Berwyn Health Center – Berwyn IL

    Date added: March 30, 2024; Modified: April 9, 2024

    This monumental building was constructed in 1939 for  offices of the Berwyn Township’s Public Health District.  It was funded in part by the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works (i.e., the PWA). It was designed by Berwyn resident Vladimir Novak… read more

    Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Elmhurst

    CCC Camp – Elmhurst IL

    Date added: March 9, 2024; Modified: March 9, 2024

    The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) company 1672 built a camp in Elmhurst IL. “In December 1933, Elmhurst welcomed CCC company 1672. The company consisted of more than 200 army veterans, and they quickly set to work building a camp near… read more

    1939 World’s Fair Mural Study – Chicago IL

    Date added: December 17, 2013; Modified: February 29, 2024

    Ilya Bolotowsky’s oil painting study for the Hall of Sciences mural at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York is today housed in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. It is all that remains of Bolotowsky’s mural commissioned… read more

    Home of Reuben and Matilda Moore, stepsister of Abraham Lincoln

    Moore Home State Historic Site – Lerna IL

    Date added: September 2, 2023; Modified: October 6, 2023

    The Moore Home was the home of Abraham Lincoln’s stepsister. Lincoln saw his stepmother Sarah Bush Lincoln here for the last time January 31, 1861. The Civilian Conservation Corps dismantled the dilapidated structure and reconstructed it using as much of… read more

    Reconstructed Thomas Lincoln log cabin

    Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site – Lerna IL

    Date added: August 19, 2023; Modified: September 15, 2023

    The farm of Thomas and Sarah Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s father and stepmother. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) reconstructed a reproduction of their cabin on the site, along with building a maintenance barn and gift shop. A CCC camp, Camp Shiloh,… read more

    1937 tobacco card, showing the Green Diamond of the Illinois Central Railroad

    Green Diamond Train (Demolished) – Chicago IL

    Date added: February 21, 2023; Modified: August 23, 2023

    In early November, 1934, the Illinois Central (I.C.) Railroad contracted with the Pullman Car & Manufacturing Corporation to build the I.C.’s first streamline train, consisting of a 1,200 horsepower Diesel-electric locomotive, a mail & baggage car, two passenger coaches, and… read more

    Gymnasium – Crossville IL

    Date added: August 7, 2023

    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) constructed a gymnasium in Crossville, Illinois. The facility was dedicated in November 1937. The location and status of the facility is unknown to Living New Deal.

    Lincoln Park, Chicago Post Office

    Lincoln Park Post Office – Chicago IL

    Date added: December 9, 2011; Modified: July 26, 2023

    “This is one of the largest branch post offices in Chicago. It was constructed to provide for a 10-year growth in post office requirements, and the depth of the property makes possible a future enlargement of the building. The workroom… read more

    Lakeview Station Post Office – Chicago IL

    Date added: February 21, 2016; Modified: July 26, 2023

    The Lakeview Station post office was constructed by the Treasury sometime between 1933-1937. The date on the cornerstone is too worn to read, but Henry Morgenthau, Jr. (whose name does appear on the cornerstone) was appointed Secretary of the Treasury… read more

    Cairo Mural Second Sketch

    Post Office – Cairo IL

    Date added: September 13, 2013; Modified: July 26, 2023

    This federal courthouse and post office was constructed by the Treasury Department in 1942. The building now houses just the post office. The Treasury Section of Fine Arts also provided a mural by Wendell Jones for the new building. However,… read more

    Chicago, IL: Julia Lathrop Homes

    Julia C. Lathrop Homes – Chicago IL

    Date added: December 9, 2011; Modified: July 24, 2023

    The Julia C. Lathrop Homes was one of the first federally funded public housing projects in Chicago, providing inexpensive housing to those who otherwise could not afford it. The project was an immediate success, as evident by the overwhelming amount… read more