“The March 11, 1889 Act of the California Legislature authorized the establishment of a school for juvenile offenders. Dedication and laying of cornerstone was done by Governor R. W. Waterman on February 12, 1890. Officially opened as ‘Whittier State School’ for boys and girls on July 1, 1891. Girls were transferred in 1916 and only boys were in residence from then until the school’s closure in 2004. Renamed ‘Fred C. Nelles School for Boys’ in 1941 (‘For Boys’ was dropped around 1970). This school was in continuous operation serving the needs of juvenile offenders from 1891 until closing in 2004. It is now up for mixed-use redevelopment and is sometimes used as a filming location.”
The WPA worked improving the school grounds in the 1930s.
Frederick Potter also completed two oil on canvas paintings for the school under the Federal Art Project.
Costs below are for the ground improvements only.
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Connolly, Donald H. and G. I. Farman. Report of Accomplishment of the Operations Division. Works Progress Administration, Southern California. January 1, 1939. http://www.wpamurals.com/CA37art.pdf
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