Castro County Courthouse – Dimmitt TX

The current Castro County Courthouse was constructed in large part with labor provided by the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA). Text from the state historical marker reads: “This site was set aside as the Dimmitt town square in 1891, the… read more

Childress County Courthouse – Childress TX

The historic Childress County Courthouse in downtown Childress, Texas was built with the aid of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. The PWA supplied a grant of $101,250 toward the project, whose total cost was $223,635. Construction occurred between November… read more

City Hall – Sullivan MO

Sullivan’s municipal building was completed by the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works in 1937 and served as City Hall, police department, and jail as well as the town’s auditorium. While the police department has moved, this New Deal building… read more

Civil Prison (demolished) Improvements – Brooklyn NY

The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) undertook a sizable public building improvement project in Brooklyn, New York beginning in 1935.  The project involved the “Improvement of Public Buildings and Offices” at more than 30 locations, including the no-longer-extant Civil Prison… read more

Collin County Jail Remodel – McKinney TX

Collin County Jail was erected in 1880. The two-story Collin County Jail features quarry-faced, ashlar limestone masonry construction and exhibits detailing and massing characteristic of the High-Victorian Italianate style. Two-tiered pilasters mark the slightly projecting central bay. This bay features… read more

D.C. Workhouse and Reformatory Historic District Improvements – Washington DC

The Civil Works Administration and the Public Works Administration (PWA) completed improvements at the District of Columbia Reformatory and Workhouse (today’s “D.C. Workhouse and Reformatory Historic District”) between 1933 and 1940. “During the latter part of December 1933 an appropriation was obtained… read more

East Hall (Isolation Building, former Florida Industrial School for Girls)- Ocala FL

The facility now known as East Hall was originally constructed as the “Isolation Building” for Florida Industrial School for Girls, a reformatory. It was constructed in 1936 as a New Deal-aided project. The Public Works Administration (PWA) supplied a $27,727… read more

Eddy County Courthouse Expansion – Carlsbad NM

Eddy County Courthouse, Carlsbad, NM

Sometimes mis-attributed to the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the Public Works Administration provided funding for the expansion of the Eddy County Courthouse and jail in 1939. Treasures on New Mexico Trails: “Eddy County Courthouse was begun in 1891, with additions… read more

Hale Pa‘ahao Prison Improvements – Lahaina HI

Stone marker about WPA at Hale Pa'Ahao Prison - Lahaina HI

Hale Pa‘ahao (stuck-in-irons house) was Lahaina’s “new” prison, built in the 1850s during  the whaling era. The prison has been restored three times, in the 1930s, 1950s and 1970s. The Lahaina Restoration Foundation reports that:  “During the 1930s, County of… read more