Oakland Airport (North Field): Hangar Improvements – Oakland CA

New Deal agencies did a variety of work on the five hangars at the Oakland Municipal Airport (now the North Field of the Oakland International Airport) and later built a new hangar for the Naval Reserve Air Base at the… read more

Ocmulgee National Monument – Macon GA

Numerous New Deal agencies had a tremendous impact on the development of Ocmulgee National Monument, the site of pre-Columbian southeastern settlement dating back millennia. “The largest dig ever conducted in this country occurred here at Ocmulgee and the surrounding area…. read more

Parks and Recreation Work – Nashua NH

1933 Mayor Alvin Lucier in his inaugural address listed 4 major projects done in cooperation with Federal Relief agencies. 3. PARKS AND COMMONS AND RECREATION FACILITIES. This project was designed to further develop the Artillery Pond project and includes some… read more

Paving (Texas A&M) – College Station TX

Several projects at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University) were undertaken with New Deal assistance. “An extensive paving program was also started with New Deal funds of $10,500.” Begun in 1934, this most likely involved… read more

Pennsylvania State University – State College PA

Then known as the Pennsylvania State College, Pennsylvania State University benefited during the Great Depression from a massive construction project enabled by the federal Public Works Administration (PWA). The PWA provided a $1,446,000 grant for the project, whose final cost was… read more

Plant Junior High School (former) Improvements – West Hartford CT

In 1933/4 the federal Civil Works Administration (C.W.A.) furnished the labor for redecoration / painting of the auditorium of the now-former [Alfred] Plant Junior High School in West Hartford, Connecticut. In 1934 the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (F.E.R.A.) repainted the… read more

Planter’s Hotel / Dock Street Theater Renovation – Charleston SC

The historic Dock Street Theater, known as America’s First Theater, in Charleston, South Carolina, was the subject of a massive Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) and Works Project Administration (WPA) renovation project between 1935 and 1937. The structure was designed… read more

Port of Oakland: Albers Brothers Milling Company Road Work (demolished) – Oakland CA

Funds for road improvements at the foot of Seventh Street in the Port of Oakland were secured through the State Emergency Relief Administration (SERA) in 1935 (Minutes of the Port Commissioners). SERA was funded by the Federal Emergency Relief Administration… read more

Prescott Armory Historic District – Prescott AZ

Prescott Armory Historic District Building

“The Prescott Armory Historic District is an example of a community working together to provide public buildings, recreational spaces, and jobs for skilled and unskilled laborers. The Prescott Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs were instrumental in… read more

Prospect Street Improvements – Montpelier VT

Montpelier’s 40th Annual Report details many roadwork projects undertaken in 1934 with Vermont Emergency Relief Administration (VERA) funds, including: “Prospect Street, rock excavation, grading and graveling”. Efforts were continued in subsequent years by the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

Providence Street School (former) Improvements – Millbury MA

Improvements were made to the Millbury, Massachusetts’s old Providence Street School building and grounds with the assistance of federal New Deal funds. The old school is now privately owned. The Civil Works Administration provided labor for a grounds grading project begun… read more