Central Elementary School – Union City TN

City:
Union City, TN

Site Type:
Education and Health, Schools

New Deal Agencies:
Public Works Funding, Work Relief Programs, Public Works Administration (PWA), National Youth Administration (NYA)

Started:
1936

Completed:
1937

Designer:
Tisdale & Pinson

Marked:
Yes

Description

Central Elementary School in Union City, Tennessee was undertaken by the Public Works Administration (PWA) during the Great Depression. The PWA Moderne building, with a distinctive blend of classicism and Art Deco style, was designed to stand out from the more conservative architecture of Union City. Local reformers celebrated its “fireproof construction, circulation flow, ample light and air, structural insulation, sound proofing, sanitary floors, attractive furniture, drinking fountains, modern plumbing, and its auditorium,” (Van West, pg. 114).

The total federal cost for school construction reached $105,000, while student workers trained in wood- and metalworking by the National Youth Administration (NYA) furnished the building. Following expansions in the 1970s, Central continued to serve K-3 elementary students until its replacement by Union City Elementary School in 2002.

Source notes

McIntyre, J. M., Corouthers, K., & Van West, C. (1998). Nomination form for National Register of Historic Places, Union City. US Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Van West, C. (2001). Tennessee’s New Deal Landscape: A Guidebook. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.

Site originally submitted by Susan C. Allen on December 16, 2014.

Location Info


512 East College Street
Union City, TN 38261

Coordinates: 36.429064, -89.052374

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