• Lafayette Square – San Francisco CA

    "Graded and layed [sic] 4" rock base for 19,000 square feet of paths, reconstructed 42,000 square feet of existing paths, paved with asphalt, 61,000 square feet, demolished water tower and frame house, built 91 cubic yards of concrete steps and… read more

  • Post Office Murals – Redondo Beach CA

    The Redondo Beach post office contains three oil on canvas murals by Paul Sample that were originally created for the since-demolished post office building at Catalina and Garnet street. The artwork relocated with the post office to its current location in 1977. The murals… read more

  • Santa Ana City Hall (former) – Santa Ana CA

    From the application for National Historic Register: Old Santa Ana City Hall was constructed in 1935 at a cost of $126,000, funded by city bonds and a Works Progress Administration (WPA) grant. It was designed by architect W. Horace Austin… read more

  • San Luis Obispo County Courthouse – San Luis Obispo CA

    In 1940, the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse was rebuilt by the New Deal on the site of the original county courthouse of 1851 and a Greek Revival courthouse of 1873.  The North Wing of the 1940 courthouse was in… read more

  • La Verne Heights School – La Verne CA

    The WPA first demolished the original school, which had been condemned as a fire hazard. New buildings included a seven classroom frame and stucco building, with and auditorium and library, ground improvements, and the conversion of an older building into… read more

  • Peter Burnett Elementary School – Long Beach CA

    SERA demolished the old school (which had been ruined by the 1933 earthquake), and the WPA built a new one-story flat roof steel frame classroom, total area of 19,000 square feet. The building was divided into classrooms and equipped with… read more

  • Damien High School/Old Bonita Union High School – La Verne CA

    Then the Bonita Union High School, this school received extensive WPA support after the 1933 Long Beach earthquake. According the a 1939 WPA Accomplishment Report for Southern California, the federal government spent $63,927 on the school out of a total… read more

  • Jane Addams Elementary School – Long Beach CA

    The WPA demolished and reconstructed Long Beach’s Jane Addams Elementary School in the 1930s; Living New Deal believes this was done in response to damage from the 1933 earthquake.

  • Roosevelt Pool – Susanville CA

    The Roosevelt pool in Susanville was built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1939.   It began as a community pool – a project long sought by the people of Susanville – and then was attached to Roosevelt School… read more

  • San Mateo County Courthouse Annex – Redwood City CA

    Two additions to the courthouse were built with WPA labor in 1939. Sadly, the annex was demolished in 2006 to make room for a renovated Courthouse Square.