Techwood Homes (demolished) – Atlanta GA

City:
Atlanta, GA

Site Type:
Civic Facilities, Public Housing

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

Started:
1935

Completed:
1936

Designers:
Burge & Stevens, J.A. Jones & Co.

Contractor:
J.A. Jones Construction Co.

Site Survival:
No Longer Extant

Description

The Techwood Homes public housing project in Atlanta was a whites-only complex constructed between 1935 and 1936 with federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. It has since been demolished.

“Techwood Homes was the first public housing project in the United States, opened just before the First Houses. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, it replaced a shantytown known as Tanyard Bottom or Tech Flats. It was completed on August 15, 1936, but was dedicated on November 29 of the previous year by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The apartments included bathtubs and electric ranges in each unit, 189 of which had garages. Central laundry facilities, a kindergarten and a library were also provided. Techwood was intended to eliminate the slums that the poor had been living in, but eventually became one itself.” (Wikipedia)

Source notes

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Techwood_Homes

Site originally submitted by Evan Kalish on January 15, 2015.

Location Info


Atlanta, GA

Coordinates: 33.767778, -84.391667

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