- Red Lodge, MT
- Site Type:
- Civic Facilities, City and Town Halls
- New Deal Agencies:
- Work Relief Programs, Works Progress Administration (WPA)
Montana’s Big Timber Pioneer newspaper reported in December 1938:
“Rapidly nearing completion as a WPA project is the uniquely-designed $26,000 city hall at Red Lodge…
This WPA project has provided jobs for an average of 28 workers since it was started in July. With $23,082 having been expended to date, thc job is now in its final stage, only interior finishing remaining before it can be taken over by the city to house all city departments including the jail. Total cost to Red Lodge for the building will be less than $10,000, officials say. Features of the unusual construction is the use of native stone and timber, quarried and logged locally by WPA crews. Much of the building’s attractiveness is achieved by use , of more than 4,600 cubic feet of broken-face granite and smooth cobblestone used to form the first floor, garage and jail walls. Peeled logs lend rusticity to the main porch, and contrast to the creme-colored stucco exterior of the second floor.”
Source notes"Red Lodge New City Hall Fast Nearing Completion"; Big Timber Pioneer, Dec. 22, 1938 (page 3).
Site originally submitted by Evan Kalish on April 15, 2014.
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