Addams Elementary School – Long Beach CA

City:
Long Beach, CA

Site Type:
Schools, Education and Health

New Deal Agencies:
Public Works Administration (PWA), Public Works Funding

Completed:
1934

Designer:
Edwall James Baume

Quality of Information:
Good

Marked:
Unknown

Site Survival:
Extant

Description

Designed by Edwall James Baume, the original five units and garden courts at Addams Elementary School were built in 1934 with Public Works Administration (PWA) funding. Addams is one of six LBUSD schools built in the aftermath of the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake that were designed in the Period Revival style instead of WPA/PWA Moderne.

The 1933 earthquake destroyed hundreds of schools throughout Southern California. “On August 29, 1933, Long Beach citizens approved a $4,930,000 bond measure for the rebuilding of schools. Applications for approximately thirty-five schools were filed with the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Public Works Administration (PWA); federal grants up to thirty percent of labor and material costs were obtained. To minimize costs, building materials were salvaged from damaged buildings, some schools were rehabilitated, and new schools were constructed with basic amenities without cafeterias, libraries, auditoriums, swimming pools, or gymnasiums. Four years after the earthquake, school construction totaling $3,281,000 was completed or under contract” (Cultural Resources Assessment for LBUSD, p. 26).

Addams also features a fresco by Suzanne Miller completed under the auspices of the WPA Federal Art Project (FAP).

Source notes

Donald H. Connolly and G. I. Farman, "Report of Accomplishment of the Operations Division," Works Progress Administration, Southern California, January 1, 1939.

David Haldane, Gallery Rediscovers Heritage of Depression-Era Artworks, Los Angeles Times, December 1, 1991.

Cultural Resources Assessment for Long Beach Unified School District, January 2017.

Site originally submitted by Shaina Potts on August 19, 2008.

Location Info


5320 Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90805
Los Angeles County

Coordinates: 33.8531, -118.1920

Site Details

Federal CostLocal CostTotal Cost
$3,941 $1,491 $5,432

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3 comments on “Addams Elementary School – Long Beach CA

  1. Mary Lea West

    My mother, aunts, and uncle attended Jane Addams Elementary School before and after the 1933 earthquake. Prior to the earthquake, the elementary school was a two-story brick building. After the earthquake, my great grandfather and grandfather (along with many neighbors) wheeled away the fallen bricks to make room for the single-story school buildings in use today. My mother and her siblings watched the WPA artists paint the mural in the library. I attended Jane Addams Elementary School from 1965-1971. My mother walked through the campus during the years I attended and said that very little had changed from the mid-1930’s. I imagine that there have been changes from 1971 to 2014 to accommodate new technology and building codes. My mother (Ruth Wallace) grew up on East Mountain View. I lived in the same house for the years that I attended elementary school. We have wonderful memories of the school, neighborhood, and North Long Beach. It pleases us to see that the school is still being used as an excellent neighborhood school facility.

  2. MaryLea West

    It is unlikely that Timmy Wallace is a member of my family.

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  1. Mary Lea West

    My mother, aunts, and uncle attended Jane Addams Elementary School before and after the 1933 earthquake. Prior to the earthquake, the elementary school was a two-story brick building. After the earthquake, my great grandfather and grandfather (along with many neighbors) wheeled away the fallen bricks to make room for the single-story school buildings in use today. My mother and her siblings watched the WPA artists paint the mural in the library. I attended Jane Addams Elementary School from 1965-1971. My mother walked through the campus during the years I attended and said that very little had changed from the mid-1930’s. I imagine that there have been changes from 1971 to 2014 to accommodate new technology and building codes. My mother (Ruth Wallace) grew up on East Mountain View. I lived in the same house for the years that I attended elementary school. We have wonderful memories of the school, neighborhood, and North Long Beach. It pleases us to see that the school is still being used as an excellent neighborhood school facility.

  2. MaryLea West

    It is unlikely that Timmy Wallace is a member of my family.

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