Boston Army Base (former) – Boston MA

Description

Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) conducted drastic improvement work at the South Boston Army Base in Boston, Massachusetts. WPA Bulletin:

At the Army Base, South Boston, WPA employed more than 1000 men repairing and altering buildings, warehouses, wharves, roads, grounds and water and electric systems.

The site of the old army base is now part of Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park.

Per the DoD Heritage Assessment cited below:
W.P.A. project information: “Boston Army Base”

  • “Improve U.S. Maritime Commission buildings”
    Official Project Number: 165‐2‐14‐155
    Total project cost: $163,750.00
    Sponsor: War Department
  • “Improve and rehabilitate buildings and utilities”
    Official Project Number: 165‐2‐14‐177
    Total project cost: $96,755.00
    Sponsor: Commanding Officer, Boston Army Base, U.S. Army
  • “Sort, file, and list records and destroy records which have no value”
    Official Project Number: 165‐2‐14‐339
    Total project cost: $58,009.00
    Sponsor: Commanding Officer, Boston Army Base, U.S. Army
  • “Improve and rehabilitate buildings and utilities”
    Official Project Number: 165‐2‐14‐832
    Total project cost: $452,450.00
    Sponsor: Commanding Officer, 1st Corps Area, U.S. Army
  • “Construct generator house”
    Official Project Number: 65‐3‐14‐527
    Total project cost: $45,348.00
    Sponsor: Commanding Officer, Boston Army Base, U.S. Army

W.P.A. project information: “Boston: Army-unknown” [possibly undertaken at the Army Base]

  • “Repair, modernize, and improve buildings”
    Official Project Number: 265‐14‐8010
    Total project cost: $97,821.00
    Sponsor: Commanding Officer, U.S. Army
  • “Alterations and repairs at Headquarters building”
    Official Project Number: 65‐14‐9242
  • “Construct porches at Post Hospital”
    Official Project Number: 713‐2‐311
    Total project cost: $6,565.00
    Sponsor: War Department ‐Q.M.C.

W.P.A. project information: “Boston QM Depot”

  • “Repairs of roads”
    Official Project Number: 165‐14‐1000
    Total project cost: $65,000.00
    Sponsor: Quartermaster Corps, U.S. Army
  • “Alterations and repairs to buildings”
    Official Project Number: 265‐14‐2004
    Total project cost: $182,000.00
    Sponsor: Quartermaster Corps, U.S. Army
  • “Repair, modernize, and improve buildings and utilities”
    Official Project Number: 265‐14‐2012
    Total project cost: $967,453.00
    Sponsor: Commanding Officer, Boston QM Depot, U.S. Army
  • “Construct addition to Transmitting Station”
    Official Project Number: 265‐14‐4000
    Total project cost: $1,825.00
    Sponsor: War Department, Boston QM Depot
  • “Repair sewer systems, water supply, and wharf serving depot”
    Official Project Number: 265‐14‐6058
    Total project cost: $100,000.00
    Sponsor: Quartermaster Corps, U.S. Army
  • “Reconstruct and remodel buildings and utilities damaged by recent hurricane”
    Official Project Number: 765‐14‐2‐33
    Total project cost: $32,843.00
    Sponsor: Commanding Officer, Boston QM Depot, U.S. Army
  • “Rehabilitate and improve electrical and plumbing systems”
    Official Project Number: 765‐14‐2‐4
    Total project cost: $118,142.00
    Sponsor: Commanding Officer, Boston QM Depot, U.S. Army
  • “Preserve medical supplies by rewarehousing blankets and property”
    Official Project Number: 765‐14‐3‐15
    Total project cost: $37,798.00
    Sponsor: Commanding Officer, Boston QM Depot, U.S. Army

Source notes

Works Progress Bulletin, Massachusetts: Oct. 12, 1936 (pg. 2)
http://archive.org/details/worksprogressbul3637unit

Nationwide Context, Inventory, and Heritage Assessment of Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps Resources on Department of Defense Installations, July 2009 (pages C-67 to C-69).

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on January 16, 2017.

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Location Info


Marine Industrial Park
Boston, MA

Coordinates: 42.343541, -71.031353

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