School Improvements – Arcola MS

Description

Public Works Administration project w1218 for $28,635 loan and $28,635 grant was approved 6/22/1938. Construction started 9/14/1938 and was completed 5/10/1939 for a total of $63,968. The citizens voted approval of $55,000 in bonds toward the project with a vote of 84-1 to construct a new auditorium and gymnasium. The “modern gymnasium” (Remodeling, p. 10) was “62×85 with maple flooring” and could seat 400. Several classrooms were enlarged and four new classrooms constructed. The auditorium seated 500 and featured a stage, scenery, and blinds. A loud speaker system was added with the improvements. Architect was James Manly Spain and construction was by Flint-Jordan Company of Jackson. It has been the Deer Creek Private School since 1965 and the auditorium and gymnasium remain in use.

Source notes

Mississippi Department of Archives & History. Historic Resources Inventory # 151-ARC-005.2. Retrieved September 10, 2021 from: https://www.apps.mdah.ms.gov/Public/rpt.aspx?rpt=publicPropSearch&Name=&StreetNo=&StreetName=&City=Arcola&County=Any

Report No. 5 Status of Completed Non-Federal Allotted Projects. Region No. 3, Mississippi. (January 3, 1940). Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works Projects Division, p. 105.

Work Soon on Arcola School. (Mar 17, 1938). The Delta Democrat-Times, p. 4.
Remodeling of Arcola School Will Place it Among State’s Best. (Feb 26, 1939). The Delta Democrat-Times, p. 10.

Project originally submitted by Susan Allen on September 20, 2021.

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Location Info


Highway 61
Arcola, MS 38722

Location notes: West side of Old Highway 61 300 Deer Creek Circle

Coordinates: 33.269811, -90.864801

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