Franklin Park Zoo Improvements – Boston MA

Project type: Parks and recreation, Zoos
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Description

The Works Progress Administration made improvements to the Franklin Park Zoo. This project sought to improve the lion house, monkey house, and build machine and carpenter shop and garage extensions and a storage building. The total cost of the proposed project was $137,050.14 of which $94,349.50 would be provided by federal funding. This would account for the cost of materials and labor. This federal project was controversial and ended in litigation. The federal government sued the city of Boston for $4787.65 due to diversion of WPA of wages, although there were claims totaling nearly $11,000.

Source notes

Boston City Archives. WPA documents housed at the Boston City Archives in a collection gathered based on the legal cases surrounding this project.

https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search/commonwealth:6682xp706

Franklin Park by Julie Arrison

 

 

Project originally submitted by Kylie Nelson on May 2, 2019.

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Location Info


Franklin Park Zoo
Boston, United States 02130

Location notes: These buildings were constructed(and then improved through this project) in Franklin Park, roughly around where the zoo is located today. The Monkey House was initially built as a carriage house to the Refectory, which used to be on the Franklin Park Golf Course.

Coordinates: 42.3054661, -71.09002939999999

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