WPA Sidewalks – Albany CA

Description

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) constructed several sidewalks in Albany CA, which can be identified by distinctive WPA ‘sidewalk stamps’. Such markers were commonly impressed into wet concrete to show the name of sidewalk contractors in the first half of the 20th century. 

A group of WPA stamps can be found at 1301 Dartmouth St., 1054 Santa Fe Ave.(corner of Francis St.), and 1159 Santa Fe Ave.(corner of Pomona), south of Marin Ave and east of the BART tracks.  Another pair of WPA sidewalks stamps can be seen at 1509 and 1511 Sonoma Ave.  One stamp on Garfield just off San Pablo Ave. in northwest Albany.  There are others stamps at 603 Evelyn St and at the corner of Posen St. and Ordway Ave. (not pictured)

The full extent of WPA sidewalk construction in Albany may be larger because the stamps are often lost to sidewalk repairs and curb cuts for disabled access. Today, contractors often leave the old stamps in place, as is the case at 1159 Santa Fe Ave.

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Project originally submitted by Marsha Skinner on August 5, 2009.

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Location Info


1054 Santa Fe Ave
Albany, CA 94706

Location notes:

Coordinates: 37.884944, -122.289680

One comment on “WPA Sidewalks – Albany CA

  1. Mark Brucker

    713 Ramona, Albany: concrete strip between curb and sidewalk with WPA 1939 stamp.

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