Walter Reed General Hospital (former) Improvements – Washington DC

The Civil Works Administration (CWA) and its successor, the Works Progress Administration (WPA), both engaged in improvement projects at the old Walter Reed General Hospital (as it was then known).  The entire army medical complex, covering around 80 acres, was… read more

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center – Bethesda MD

National Naval Medical Center Tower - Bethesda MD

The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center began life as the National Naval Medical Center under the New Deal. Congress appropriated the funds in 1937 and President Franklin D. Roosevelt selected the site in Bethesda, Maryland.   Architect Paul Cret designed a… read more

Watertown Arsenal (former) Development – Watertown MA

The W.P.A. conducted extensive improvement and development projects at the former Watertown Arsenal. Project details: “Rehabilitate and make general improvements to buildings, utilities, facilities, and grounds” Official Project Number: 165‐2‐14‐363 Total project cost: $641,063.00 Sponsor: Commanding Officer, Watertown Arsenal, U.S. Army… read more

Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport – Westfield MA

Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) labor worked to develop what is now Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport, then Westfield Air Base. Project details: “Make improvements at airport” Official Project Number: 165‐1‐14‐237 Total project cost: $1,178,513.00 Sponsor: Mayor, City of Westfield “Improve field by… read more

Westover Air Reserve Base – Chicopee MA

“President Roosevelt signed a $750,000 Works Progress Administration (WPA) project bill for the air base’s construction in November 1939. Fourteen hundred WPA and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers cleared the land, and actual construction was started in February 1940.” W.P.A…. read more