Lawrence Restores New Deal Relic

In 1936, the town of Lawrence, on Long Island in New York, undertook a $825,000 project to build a high school. The town completed the project thanks to funds from the Public Works Administration. The town recently restored the building’s cupola and clock tower. The structures had been in decline for decades. With the advent of smart phones, many cities and school districts discard clock towers because of the diminished need but to Lawrence officials, the structures are important to restore – “part of combating the Depression, to put people to work.” The building is now a middle school and its new cupola and clock tower are powered by LED and smartphone technology. Read more about the project here.

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