Abe Andrews Park – Norman OK

Formerly known as Norman City Park, this site was established in the late 1890s and considerably improved during the New Deal: “Between 1935 and 1937, under the New Deal programs, several items were constructed in the southwest portion of the… read more

Aberjona River Rechanneling – Winchester MA

Winchester.us: “During the 1930s the channel upstream of the Aberjona Pond was rechanneled, section by section, as ERA and WPA projects. The projects were based on recommendations by Herbert Kellaway, published in 1928. In the Kellaway plan, three ponds for… read more

Acton High School (former) Improvements – Acton MA

The former Acton High School building was greatly improved with federal Civil Works Administration (C.W.A.) funds and labor in 1933. School Committee Report, 1933: “The school system has functioned fairly normally during the past year. The pared appropriation hindered somewhat,… read more

Ala Moana Park: the Sports Pavilion and Banyan Court – Honolulu HI

Part of the Ala Moana Park complex, the Sports Pavilion and Banyan Court were designed by architect Harry Sims Bent and built with the help of federal funds and FERA and CWA labor. “The simple concrete exterior walls of the… read more

Alamo Grounds Improvements – San Antonio TX

Multiple New Deal agencies were involved with improving the grounds at the Alamo. A timeline mural board on the west side of the Alamo Museum indicates that “depression-era public works projects” built the walls that now encompass the grounds of… read more

Andrew McArdle Bridge Repairs – Boston MA

A Boston Public Works Department report cited Federal Emergency Relief Administration (F.E.R.A.) labor as conducting the following work: “Meridian Street Bridge [now Andrew P. McArdle Bridge] … was chipped, cleaned and painted. … Repaving and repairs were made to the… read more

Athenaeum Hall Improvements – Framingham MA

Courtesy the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (F.E.R.A.), Athenaeum Hall in Framingham was “repaired and painted, both inside and out. New plastering was installed where necessary…” The Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) installed a new heating system, water pipes, and electrical wiring… read more

Auburn Road Storm Sewer – West Hartford CT

Multiple projects were “planned, staked out and supervised” by West Hartford’s Engineering Department in 1935-6 utilizing Federal Emergency Relief Administration (F.E.R.A.) and/or Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) labor. One such project involved storm sewer construction along Auburn Road.

Auburn/Lewiston Municipal Airport – Auburn ME

A 1940 Maine State Legislature report records the Auburn/Lewiston Municipal Airport was one of 6 airports considered important for national defense by the State Defense Commission in 1940 and that construction was undertaken by the WPA. Developed under FERA, it… read more

Bangor International Airport – Bangor ME

Created in 1927 as a commercial airport named Godfrey Field. In 1940 the Maine State Defense Commission considered 6 airports priority for use as military bases, Bangor being a key one. A 1940 Maine State Legislature report records that construction… read more

Banigan City School (demolished) Improvements – Millville MA

The Federal Emergency Relief Administration (F.E.R.A.) and/or Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) funded the labor for and materials for improvements to the since-demolished Banigan City School building in Millville, Massachusetts. Improvements included painting, for which the federal government also paid for… read more

Barre Street Improvements – Montpelier VT

Montpelier’s 40th Annual Report details many roadwork projects undertaken in 1934 with Vermont Emergency Relief Administration (VERA) funds, including: “Barre Road, widening at Jerue turn”. Efforts were continued in subsequent years by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). 1939 Montpelier annual… read more

Beachland Park Improvements – West Hartford CT

In 1933/4 the federal Civil Works Administration (C.W.A.) furnished the labor toward the development of Beachland Park in West Hartford—specifically the planting of trees and shrubs on the grounds. Work was continued by the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (F.E.R.A.), which… read more

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