Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Indiana PA

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Then known as Indiana State Teachers College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania benefited during the Great Depression from a large construction project enabled by the federal Public Works Administration (PWA). The PWA provided a $226,000 grant for the project, whose final cost was $700,440. Construction occurred between February 1938 and June 1939. (PWA Docket No. [W]1820.)

Three buildings were constructed on the campus, including an auditorium and dining hall addition. The auditorium is now known as Fisher Auditorium. The present status of the other structures is unknown to the Living New Deal.

Source notes

National Archives: Record Group 135: Public Works Administration; Projects Control Division; Entry 52: Indices to Non-Federal Projects; Report No. 5: Status of All Completed Non-Federal Allotted Projects, page 36.

"Public Works Administration", a Google Fusion Table by LaDale Winling, edited on March 15, 2011.

Additional information contributed by Emily Scott in October 2015.

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on November 29, 2014.

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Location Info

1011 South Dr.
Indiana, PA 15705

Location notes: Fisher Auditorium is located at 403 S 11th St.

Coordinates: 40.617113, -79.158279

One comment on “Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Indiana PA

  1. I attended IUP in the 90s. What I heard was that the New Deal helped build Keith Hall, which once housed a small primary school that benefited education students. It also housed the Social Sciences Department. There were many ornate wooden arches and doorways made by WPA artists (some of which only led to fuse boxes.) Keith was demolished in 2013 to make way for a new dining hall.

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