• Joseph H. Lyons Pool – Staten Island NY

    “Joseph H. Lyons Pool, the largest public pool on Staten Island, was built in 1936. Constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the Lyons Pool was one of eleven pools that opened throughout New York City in a single summer… read more

  • Central Park: Conservatory Garden – New York NY

    “The Conservatory Garden is a six-acre formal garden named after a conservatory (i.e. greenhouse) that was built here in 1898. During the Depression, Parks commissioner Robert Moses (1888-1981) decreed the aging structure too expensive to maintain and had it demolished… read more

  • Kletzsch Park Improvements and CCC Camp – Glendale WI

    “A sixth CCC Camp was established at Kletzsch Park, a 118.9-acre park adjacent to the Milwaukee River in Glendale. The crew did some landscape work, but its major project was the replacement of the old crib-type dam, which had been… read more

  • Post Office (former) Relief – Derry NH

    “New deal relief entitled “Town of Derry” created and installed by Vladimir Yoffe in 1938. It remained in the old post office until 2002 when the building was demolished. It has since been restored and since 2004 has hung in… read more

  • City Park Improvements – New Orleans LA

    The Wikipedia entry on City Park provides a good summary of park history, including the role of the WPA in making improvements to the park: “City Park, a 1,300 acre (5.3 km²) public park in New Orleans, Louisiana, is the 6th-largest… read more

  • Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant – Washington DC

    The New Deal was responsible for the original Blue Plains Disposal Plant at the southern end of the District of Columbia, as well as many miles of new sewer lines to collect Washington’s growing flow of waste water.  Up to… read more

  • Daly Building (former DC Municipal Center) – Washington DC

    The Henry J. Daly Building is the former District of Columbia Municipal Center, built in 1939-41 with funding from the Public Works Administration (PWA) (which was incorporated into the Federal Works Administration in 1939 in a major government reorganization).  The… read more

  • Recorder of Deeds Building (former) – Washington DC

    The old Recorder of Deeds Building is a three-story structure built 1941-1943 by the municipal government of the District of Columbia.  Funding was provided in 1940 by the Public Works Administration (PWA), which was by then part of the Federal… read more

  • Public Art at Risk as Postal Service Downsizes

    Thousands of post offices stand to be converted to condos, restaurants, and real estate offices, or demolished to cover the Postal Service’s largely manufactured deficit. Those that rely on the post office are protesting the disappearance of this still-vital public service,… read more

  • Roosevelt Park – Albuquerque NM

    "Roosevelt Park opened during the middle of the Great Depression. It was built with federal Civil Works Administration funding obtained through Albuquerque Mayor Clyde Tingley's close friendship with President Franklin Roosevelt. The park's name was changed from the original "Terrace… read more