National Guard Camp Improvements – Sea Girt NJ

The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) conducted improvement and development work at the National Guard installation in Sea Girt, New Jersey. Example project description: “Improve the National Guard camp grounds, including bulkheads, curbs, walks, sewers, manholes, and field drains, reconstructing… read more

National Training School for Girls (Former) Improvements – Washington DC

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) renovated several buildings at the National Training School for Girls in Washington DC, located at Conduit (now MacArthur Blvd) and Little Falls Road, NW.  The National Training School was a reform school administered at the time by… read more

Naval Air Station Development – Key West FL

The W.P.A. conducted substantial development work at Key West NAS. Project details: “Construct a rifle range” Official Project Number: 165‐1‐35‐122 Total project cost: $16,364.00 Sponsor: Officer in Charge, Key West Naval Station, U.S. Navy “Construct facilities and improve grounds” Official… read more

Naval Air Station Development – Lakehurst NJ

The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) conducted improvement and development work at the Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey. WPA project details: “Construct and rehabilitate buildings and facilities” Official Project Number: 109‐3‐22‐13 Total project cost: $10,000.00 Sponsor: U.S. Navy… read more

Naval Air Station Squantum (former) – Boston MA

The former Squantum Naval Reserve Aviation Base / Naval Air Station was improved and expanded in part during the 1930s with federal Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) funds and labor. W.P.A. project details: “Install telephone systems” Official Project Number: 165‐14‐4005 Total… read more

Naval Ammunition Depot Development (former)- Hingham MA

The W.P.A. conducted substantial development work at the former Naval Ammunition Depot in Hingham, Mass. Project details: “Improvements at Hingham Naval Ammunition Depot” Official Project Number: 165‐2‐14‐426 Total project cost: $176,352.00 Sponsor: U.S. Navy Department “Improvements at Naval Ammunition Depot”… read more

Naval Submarine Base Development – Groton CT

The W.P.A. conducted numerous improvement and development projects at the New London Submarine Base. Project details: “Construct and improve buildings, utilities, and grounds” Official Project Number: 165‐1‐91‐105 Total project cost: $49,805.00 Sponsor: Commandant, Naval Submarine Base, U.S. Navy “Make improvements… read more

New Jersey National Guard Armory – Jersey City NJ

The New Jersey National Guard Armory located near McGinley Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, was constructed during the Great Depression with federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. The building is still in use and also serves as a recreational… read more

Newport News Shipyard Improvements – Newport News VA

The New Deal made substantial improvements to the Newport News Shipyard in the 1930s.  Several federal agencies were probably involved, including  the National Industrial Recovery Administration, Public Works Administration (itself created by the NIRA), Civil Works Administration, and Works Progress Administration…. read more

Newton County Jail (former) – Decatur MS

The Civil Works Administration (CWA) added a jail to the existing Newton County courthouse in Decatur, Mississippi during the Great Depression as a part of a temporary job creation program under the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA). It was demolished… read more

Northern Maine Regional Airport – Presque Isle ME

One of 6 airports considered very important by the State Military Commission in 1940 for use as a military base. A 1940 Maine State Legislature report records that construction of the base was done by the W.P.A. Under FERA/MERA (Maine Emergency… read more