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
The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) constructed several miles of sidewalk in Lordsburg during the Great Depression. By 1936, they were building on average 4,000’ of sidewalk per month, with the goal of completing 40 blocks. Adhering to WPA rules,… read more
This narrow concrete sidewalk and stairway connecting Solano Avenue and Academy Road was built by the WPA in 1941. Located along the Arroyo Seco Parkway near the Solano Ave. Elementary School.
The Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) completed a project in 1937 that involved “building of a new wharf bridging and steps at the Baker’s Island lighthouse,” a project intended to improve safety at the lighthouse for both visitors and the keeper…. read more
The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) reconstructed the boardwalk in Bradley Beach, New Jersey. The project “called for 800 linear feet of boardwalk, 24 feet wide, between McCabe and Newark Aves., and 800 linear feet, 34 feet wide, between Lareine… read more
A two-classroom addition, as well as other improvements, were developed as a New Deal project. “The Bonnyview project also included 220 feet of rock retaining wall, concrete steps, and landscaping. The school district furnished the materials at a cost of… read more
The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) constructed sidewalks along, and otherwise improved, Buckeye Road in Phoenix, Arizona during the 1930s.
“Besides constructing the amphitheater, workers from the Great Depression-era Works Progress Administration (WPA) also helped drain the ravine which Cain Park is situated in, covering up and culverting the creek that ran through its center. Attractive landscaping, tennis courts, ball… read more
The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) worked to improve many roads in San Francisco, including the stretch of California St. from Fillmore to Presidio Ave. “Consisted of narrowing the sidewalks ten feet from Fillmore to Presidio Avenue with all work… read more
Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) workers constructed a bathing beach and recreation site along the Charles River by the end of Longfellow Bridge, in 1936. The project included a baseball diamond, benches, and shelters. WPA Bulletin: Children from Boston’s hot and… read more
The CWA carried out street improvement work in Convalecencia Town Square, Río Piedras.
The W.P.A. conducted the following work along Bradley Road, since renamed Ethan Allen Parkway. Photo caption, UVM: “Photograph dated Oct. 17, 1941. Original caption reads: Bradley Road Sewer: This view is taken from a point near the intersection of North… read more
The federal Work Projects Administration worked to improve what is now the Fargo VA Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota during the 1930s. One project was described by the WPA in its project rolls: “[G]rading; reconstructing roads; sidewalks; installing sewers;… read more
Spanning what is now known as Forest Hills Blvd., the historic pedestrian bridge at Forest Hill Park in East Cleveland, Ohio was constructed with federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) labor. “Spanning 347 feet across a deep valley in the Dugway… read more
The fort dates back the early nineteenth century, when it was used to “promote and protext the interests of the United States in the region’s fur trade” (historicfortsnelling.org). Between 1938 and 1940, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) performed structural renovation and… read more
The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) repaved Hamilton Place with a concrete base and macasphalt top in Hackensack, New Jersey in 1936. Curbs and gutters were also reconstructed. The WPA also relaid tracks along the road for the municipal Public… read more