“Built in 1934, it’s the first of many New Mexico projects of the Public Works Administration, a federal New Deal program to counteract the Great Depression of 1929-1942. Lew Wallace, a US Army general during the mid-19th century, governed the New Mexico Territory from 1878 to 1881. He’s better known for writing the Biblical-era historical novel, Ben Hur.” (http://www.itsatrip.org/)
“A number of other APS buildings were built, remodeled, or had additions built as the result of this source of this [WPA] source of funding. Likewise adjacent school playgrounds, ball fields, etc. were also created. The schools include Armijo, Coronado, Duranes, Five Points School, La Mesa, Lincoln, Los Candelarias, Pajarito, San Jose, Santa Barbara, and Stronghurst. For specific information on each of these refer to the Albuquerque Museum Monograph written by Charles Biebel.”
-Treasures on New Mexico Trails
http://www.itsatrip.org/thingstodo/tours-day-trips/walking/plazatoplazawalk.aspx Flynn, Kathryn A., editor. Treasures on New Mexico Trails: discovery of New Deal art and architecture. New Mexico State Historic Preservation Division, 1995. Pg. 34. "New Deal Sites in New Mexico," Atlas of Historic New Mexico Maps, New Mexico Humanities Council.
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