New York State Fairgrounds map drawingNational Archives Record Group 135-SAR: Prints: Photographs rejected for use in the Photographic Report to the President: “Survey of the Architecture of Completed Projects of the PWA, 1939”; Box 14: New York State; Folder 9/10. Scanned and processed by Evan Kalish, 2014.
Project type: Fairgrounds, Parks and Recreation
Designers: Willard H. BennettView Project in a Separate Window
Syracuse’s 275-acre New York State Fairgrounds site was built during the Great Depression. Its construction was enabled by funds provided by the federal Public Works Administration (PWA). The PWA supplied a $264,907 grant for the project, whose final cost was $589,408. Construction primarily occurred during 1937.
PWA Docket No. NY 539.
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 21.
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on December 1, 2014.
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The Fairgrounds were originally sited in this location in 1890. The PWA may have done site improvements and constructed some buildings in the mid-to-late1930s, but many of the buildings were built between 1900 and the early 1930s, several as part of a 1908 master plan by architects Green & Wicks: https://archive.org/stream/brickbuild19unse#page/n13/mode/2up