San Francisco Zoo: South American Tropical Rainforest and Aviary – San Francisco CA

City:
San Francisco, CA

Site Type:
Parks and Recreation, Zoos

New Deal Agencies:
Works Progress Administration (WPA), Public Works Funding, Work Relief Programs, Federal Works Agency (FWA)

Completed:
1940

Quality of Information:
Very Good

Marked:
Yes

Site Survival:
Extant

Description

The Works Progress Administration and the Federal Works Agency funded and built the South American Tropical Rainforest and Aviary at the San Francisco Zoo in 1940. The structure was originally an aquatic birdhouse. Now it serves as an aviary.

 

Source notes

San Francisco Zoo: https://www.sfzoo.org/south-american-tropical-rainforest-aviary/

San Francisco Zoo: https://www.sfzoo.org/our-history-1930s-our-wpa-roots/

Plaque on the side of the Aviary building "Constructed by Federal Works Agency Work Projects Administration and the City of San Francisco 1940".

The SF Zoo website mentions their "WPA roots" and the aviary. It also mentions a few other WPA projects at the Zoo: Monkey Island, Lion House, Elephant House, a sea lion pool, and bear grottos. 

 

Site originally submitted by Sean Isamu Johnson on October 6, 2023.

Location Info


Sloat Blvd and Upper Great Hwy
San Francisco, CA 94132
San Francisco County

Coordinates: 37.73558, -122.506705

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