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    A WPA plaque in a Providence manhole cover

    Blackstone Boulevard Sidewalk – Providence RI

    Date added: March 9, 2018; Modified: August 28, 2023

    The WPA installed improvements off the Blackstone Boulevard as well, displayed by a plaque found in a manhole cover at the intersection of Mount Avenue and Slater Avenue, Providence. “One of my favorite places in Providence is Blackstone Boulevard, the… read more

    John O. Pastore Post Office and Federal Building – Providence RI

    Date added: October 31, 2013; Modified: July 26, 2023

    This New Deal Art Deco building was originally constructed as the “post office annex” to the 1908 Federal Building and Courthouse next door. The building still functions as both a post office and a general federal building housing various federal… read more

    Cranston Street Armory

    Cranston Street Armory (former) Improvements – Providence RI

    Date added: July 9, 2023

    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) conducted multiple improvement and development projects at the former Cranston Street Armory in Providence, Rhode Island. Projects included: “paint and varnish armory,” “install wall board, finish interior, and paint mess hall,” “construct garage and repair… read more

    Fields Point Development – Providence RI

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

    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) conducted an extensive improvement and development project at what was then an army-managed facility at Fields Point in Providence, Rhode Island. Description: “Rehabilitate building for additional offices, improve storage area, grade and place slabs, surface,… read more

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    Providence Public Library Murals – Providence RI

    Date added: March 2, 2018; Modified: January 28, 2023

    “Pawtucket native Edward Dubuque produced the set of five murals under the auspices of the Federal Emergency Relief Association (FERA) as an art project, and they were formally dedicated on April 23, 1935. Dubuque went on to produce backdrop sets… read more

    Lloyd Avenue Sidewalk – Providence RI

    Date added: August 30, 2017; Modified: May 16, 2022

    A W.P.A. shield-style plaque embedded in the sidewalk, on South side of Lloyd Ave., east of Hope St., identifies the sidewalk as a W.P.A. construction. The plaque is located adjacent to Erickson Gym, directly across the street from the direct entrance to… read more

    State Armory of Mounted Commands Garage – Providence RI

    Date added: November 8, 2017; Modified: May 10, 2022

    The Works Progress Administration built a garage for the State Armory of Mounted Commands in Providence. The location and status of this project is presently unknown to Living New Deal.

    Mount Pleasant High School – Providence RI

    Date added: November 15, 2016; Modified: March 20, 2021

    The PWA built this school in Mount Pleasant. From the city archives: “In the fall of 1931, at the recommendation of Dunne and Reidy, the city borrowed $300,000 in anticipation of taxes for a system of work relief. This procedure… read more

    Elmwood Avenue Widening – Providence RI

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

    “Elmwood Avenue, which connects the Boston Post Road to I-95 and is Route 1 in Providence, was widened by WPA workers.”

    Roger Williams Park – Providence RI

    Date added: July 27, 2012; Modified: March 9, 2018

    “The park was designed by Horace Cleveland in 1878, and was constructed in the 1880s. Many of the roads, bridges and sidewalks were built by the Works Progress Administration from 1935 to 1940.”

    Rhode Island State House Addition – Providence RI

    Date added: November 14, 2016; Modified: August 30, 2017

    The Public Works Administration (P.W.A.) provided funding assistance toward in the construction of an ‘addition’ to the Rhode Island State House, located across the street from the State House. The building now houses the state’s Department of Transportation.

    Hope High School, Providence, Rhode Island

    Hope High School – Providence RI

    Date added: January 15, 2012; Modified: May 8, 2017

    Construction of Hope High School, undertaken with federal Public Works Administration (P.W.A.) funding, comprised one of the largest New Deal undertakings in Rhode Island. “The Hope Street High School is one of the largest high schools in America, accommodating 2,200… read more

    Angell St. Sidewalk – Providence RI

    Date added: September 19, 2013; Modified: May 5, 2017

    The sidewalk along Angell Street connecting Wayland Square to the Brown University campus through the Historic Wayland Square neighborhood is WPA-built.   Angell runs adjacent to the Brown athletic facilities and the Wheeler School, and is heavily trafficked by joggers… read more