Fort Douglas was expanded during the New Deal by the PWA, CCC and WPA. The WPA added several homes for senior officers (buildings 621-625 on the central parade grounds, along De Trobriand Street) and non-commissioned officers (buildings 658, 600, 664, 665, 666 on Connor Road), along with entrance columns. These are all still in use.
There are several other WPA works at Fort Douglas that are harder to document or have disappeared: a recreation building (pictured), swimming pool (filled in?), a gas station (modified from an earlier stone building that still stands), and improvements to the water and street systems (invisible).
The only site marked as New Deal on the base is the recreation building, but the archive record shown below has a picture of a much cruder building than the one still standing; which is correct?
More photos taken by the WPA during the 1930s are in the archives of the library at the University of Utah, but have not yet been examined.
Eric Browning, "Historic Fort Douglas at the University of Utah: A Brief History and Walking Tour." University of Utah, Department of Facilities Planning, 2000 University of Utah, History of Fort Douglas Walking Tour
Project originally submitted by Joan Greer on May 11, 2017.
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