• Alvarado Area of Wildcat Canyon Park: Stone Bridge - Richmond CA
    The New Deal made major improvements to the former Alvarado Park on the east side of Richmond CA, where Wildcat Creek tumbles out of the East Bay hills. Alvarado Park was transferred by the city of Richmond to the East Bay Regional Park District in 1985 and is now the "Alvarado Area" of Wildcat Canyon Park.     The park is known for its New Deal stonework, done chiefly by Italian immigrant masons, including a stone bridge across Wildcat Creek, stone light standards along roads and paths, and picnic facilities and stone stoves. The stonework is remarkable enough for the park to have...
  • Alvarado Area of Wildcat Canyon Park: Stone Lamp Posts - Richmond CA
    The New Deal made major improvements to the former Alvarado Park on the east side of Richmond CA, where Wildcat Creek tumbles out of the East Bay hills. Alvarado Park was transferred by the city of Richmond to the East Bay Regional Park District in 1985 and is now the "Alvarado Area" of Wildcat Canyon Park.     The park is known for its New Deal stonework, done chiefly by Italian immigrant masons, including a massive stone arch bridge across Wildcat Creek, stone light standards along roads and paths, and picnic facilities and stone stoves. The stonework is remarkable enough for the park...
  • Golden Gate Bridge: Lighting Work - San Francisco CA
    A 1940 report identifies the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as having worked on lighting for the Golden Gate bridge, but provides no further details. The work was probably done in 1939-40.  Since no federal agencies were involved in the construction of the Golden Gate bridge itself, and the WPA and Public Works Administration (PWA) were involved in building all the approach roads to the bridge, it is most likely that this report is referring to lighting along the approaches not on the bridge itself.  Further confirmation is needed.      
  • Jefferson Barracks Development - St. Louis MO
    The Works Progress Administration / Work Projects Administration (WPA) conducted large-scale construction and development projects at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, Missouri. Per a DoD report: Description: Rehabilitate buildings and facilities; Project No. 113-3-55-69; Cost: $50,000.00; Sponsor: War Department Repair and improve boathouse; 165-71-2140; $7,072.00; State Military Department Widen and construct stone shoulders and gutters; 265-55-1000; $4,675.00; U.S. Veterans Administration Repair asphalt and widen road; 265-55-1001; $77,239.00; Jefferson Barracks Make miscellaneous repairs and improvements to buildings; 265-55-2000; $61,914.00; Construct fire prevention roads and clear brush and undergrowth; 265-55-6004; $72,658.00; Jefferson Barracks Pave roads, construct curbs, and repair stone wall; 265-55-8005;...
  • Light Plant Improvements - Cherokee OK
    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) installed new equipment and conducted repairs at the light plant in Cherokee, Oklahoma. They also improved city electrical lines. The status and location of this $54,733.08 project is unknown to Living New Deal.
  • Meridian Hill Park Completion - Washington DC
    Meridian Hill Park is a formal, landscaped park in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, with terraces, pools, balustrades and a large cascade in the Italian baroque style. It is, in many people's estimation, the jewel of the District parks system.   Land for the park was purchased in 1910 and construction began in 1912, but was never completed.  In 1935-36, the PWA stepped in to fund completion of the park by providing a grant of $145,000. A 1936 article in the Washington Daily News described the work being done: “Cascades completed and placed in operation. South terraces graded; top soiled and seeded; shrubs and...
  • Old Greenbelt Planned Community - Greenbelt MD
    The heart of today's Greenbelt, Maryland – popularly known as "Old Greenbelt" – is a large, planned community laid out and constructed during the New Deal. It features community facilities such as a school, theater and community center, a large number and variety of housing, basic infrastructure of roads, water and sewers, and extensive landscaping and an attached forest.  Almost all of the original facilities are still intact. Greenbelt was one of four greenbelt towns initiated by Rex Tugwell, head of the Resettlement Administration (RA). Greendale, Wisconsin, near Milwaukee, and Greenhills, Ohio, near Cincinnati, are other surviving greenbelt towns; a fourth,...
  • Rock Island Arsenal Improvements - Rock Island IL
    The Work Projects Administration (WPA) conducted numerous and extensive projects to improve and develop Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois. Per a DoD survey, the WPA did the following: Description: Prepare a card index file of all available rooms in the vicinity of U.S. Arsenal; Project No. 165-2-54-117; Cost: $18,705.00; Sponsor: Commanding Officer, Rock Island Arsenal, U.S. Army Rehabilitate and improve buildings, utilities, and grounds; 165-2-54-19; $211,687.00; Commanding Officer, Rock Island Arsenal, U.S. Army Rehabilitate, recondition, and rewarehouse war reserve materials and equipment; 165-2-54-192; $497,253.00; Commanding Officer, Rock Island Arsenal, U.S. Army Clear land for any construction; 165-2-54-292; $12,288.00; Commanding Officer, Rock Island...