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    Cranston Street Armory

    Armory (former) Improvements – Newport RI

    Date added: July 9, 2023; Modified: July 9, 2023

    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) conducted an improvement project consisting of “general repairs to armory” at the former armory in Newport, Rhode Island. As of 2023 the building is home to the Sailing Museum and City of Newport Maritime Center…. read more

    Naval Torpedo Station Improvements – Newport RI

    Date added: July 9, 2023; Modified: July 9, 2023

    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) conducted multiple improvement and development projects at what was then the Naval Torpedo Station, located on Goat Island in Newport, Rhode Island. The projects included construction of a hospital wing, new barracks, the improvement of… read more

    Naval Station Improvements – Newport RI

    Date added: July 9, 2023

    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) conducted multiple improvement and development projects at what was referred to as the “Newport Naval Base” and “Newport Naval Training Station” in Newport, Rhode Island. The projects included road construction, water and sewer system development,… read more

    Fort Adams Improvements – Newport RI

    Date added: July 9, 2023; Modified: July 9, 2023

    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) conducted numerous improvement and development projects at Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island. The projects collectively cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and included building repairs, the construction of a hospital, and plumbing and road… read more

    Cardines Field

    Cardines Field – Newport RI

    Date added: July 27, 2012; Modified: November 16, 2022

    “Cardines Field, “a small urban gem of a ballpark” is a baseball stadium located at 20 America’s Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. Wikipedia: “Stone and concrete bleachers were built along the third-base line by the Works Progress Administration (WPA)… read more

    Freebody Park Improvements – Newport RI

    Date added: March 9, 2018; Modified: March 9, 2018

    In Newport, Rhode Island “the WPA built sidewalks and most of the stone walls, grandstands, concession buildings and other facilities in Newport’s public parks. Vernon Park, Freebody Park and Cardines Field are the most visible examples.” At Freebody Park, the… read more

    Vernon Park Improvements and Slide – Newport RI

    Date added: March 9, 2018; Modified: March 9, 2018

    In Newport, Rhode Island “the WPA built sidewalks and most of the stone walls, grandstands, concession buildings and other facilities in Newport’s public parks. Vernon Park, Freebody Park and Cardines Field are the most visible examples.” At Vernon Park the… read more

    Cliff Walk Sidewalk – Newport RI

    Date added: May 9, 2017; Modified: March 9, 2018

    The W.P.A. constructed sidewalks in Newport, Rhode Island, including at what one photographer calls “Cliff Walk Beach.”

    Mumford School Addition – Newport RI

    Date added: November 29, 2016; Modified: November 29, 2016

    The PWA funded an addition to the Mumford School circa 1935. After the school closed in the late 2000s, the building was renovated and converted into affordable housing. It is now known as Mumford Manor.

    Potter School Addition – Newport RI

    Date added: November 29, 2016

    The PWA funded this addition to the Potter School, which dates to 1881. Like the Carey School, it has been converted into luxury condominiums.

    Carey School Renovations – Newport RI

    Date added: November 28, 2016

    In early 1935, PWA crews conducted renovations and improvements to the Henry R. A. Carey School, which dated to 1896. The school closed in 2010, and in 2014 was renovated again as luxury condominiums and renamed the Carey School Residences.

    Sheffield School Addition – Newport RI

    Date added: November 28, 2016

    The PWA funded renovations and an addition at the Sheffield School circa 1934. The school closed in 2007, and the city has explored turning the building into a high-tech innovation center called InnovateNewport with a $1.7 million federal grant, but… read more

    Cranston Calvert Elementary School Addition – Newport RI

    Date added: November 28, 2016

    New Deal-funded crews built an addition to the Calvert School, now Cranston Calvert Elementary. The school closed in 2013, though the building remains standing as of May 2015. The Newport Mercury, linked below, suggests that funding was through the PWA:… read more

    Waterworks Improvements – Newport RI

    Date added: May 18, 2015

    A large-scale waterworks improvement construction project was undertaken in Newport, Rhode Island with the assistance of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. The PWA supplied a $133,947 grant for the project, whose total cost was $224,049. Construction occurred between December… read more

    Brenton Point Sea Wall – Newport RI

    Date added: March 4, 2014; Modified: November 3, 2014

    “At the southern-most tip of Aquidneck Island lies a WPA sea wall that helps protect the historic seaside city of Newport, Rhode Island. Just feet inland from the 10-foot-high concrete sea wall that runs over a mile sit some of… read more