Town Hall (Old High School) – Wayland MA

Description

The historic Wayland Town Hall building was constructed as the town’s high school during the Great Depression. It was built as a New Deal project, undertaken with federal Public Works Administration (P.W.A.) funds. The P.W.A. supplied a $30,025 grant for the project, whose total cost was $105,871. Construction occurred between Nov. 1934 and Nov. 1935. The school, designed in Colonial Revival style, was occupied in Sept. 1936.

Our primary photo, on display at Wayland Town Hall, shows the building amid extraordinary flooding of the Sudbury River after a historic hurricane in Sept. 1938. (The W.P.A. conducted extensive work helping this region recover from said storm.)

P.W.A. Docket No. MA 7042.

The Federal Emergency Relief Administration (F.E.R.A.) constructed a 400-foot road leading to the building, in 1935.

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 11.

http://www.wayland.ma.us/pages/waylandma_bcomm/historicalcom/WAY.196_CochituateRd_41.pdf

Official reports of the town of Wayland for the Year Ending December 31, 1935 (pp. 144-5).
http://archive.org/details/officialreportso1933wayl

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on January 9, 2017.

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Location Info


41 Cochituate Rd.
Wayland, MA 01778

Coordinates: 42.361597, -71.361644

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