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  • Sam Houston Coliseum and Music Hall (demolished) - Houston TX
    The Public Works Administration contributed $1,329,508 toward the construction of the Sam Houston Coliseum and Music Hall. The architect of record was Alfred C. Finn. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on November 4, 1936 and dedication was held on November 26, 1937. The buildings housed circuses, concerts, athletic events, stock shows and conventions. The coliseum and music hall were demolished in 1998. The former site of the coliseum was redeveloped into the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 2003.
  • Oak Tree Road Underpass - Iselin NJ
    The Public Works Administration (PWA) provided a grant for the construction of an underpass to carry Oak Tree Road under the train tracks in Iselin, New Jersey. The project was undertaken as part of a larger grade crossing elimination initiative during that era. The PWA provided a grant of $113,535 for the project, whose total cost was $261,443. New Jersey Board of Public Utility Commissioners: "An order to eliminate the grade crossing on Oak Tree Road and the main line tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad was issued by the Board on March 22nd, 1934. Execution of the order was delayed during litigation by...
  • Elizabethport Railway Grade Separation - Elizabeth NJ
    The Public Works Administration (PWA) provided a massive grant for a giant grade separation project involving 13 roads, and two railway branches, in the Elizabethport section of Elizabeth, New Jersey. The PWA provided a grant of $2,110,950 for the project, whose total cost was $4,281,464. The railway right of way is located just south of where the New Jersey Turnpike has since been built. Railway overpasses at the following roads (and geographic coordinates) bear date stamps consistent with this New Deal project: 1st Ave. (40.651156, -74.196509) Elizabeth Ave. (40.651590, -74.195717) Marshall St. (40.652011, -74.194944) Franklin St. (40.652427, -74.194179) Fulton St. (40.652848, -74.193420) E. Jersey...
  • Leesville Avenue Underpass - Woodbridge Township NJ
    The Public Works Administration (PWA) provided a grant for the construction of an underpass to carry Leesville Avenue under the train tracks in Avenel, Woodbridge Township, New Jersey. The project was undertaken as part of a larger grade crossing elimination initiative during that era. The PWA provided a grant of $49,635 for the project, whose total cost was $105,455. PWA Docket No. NJ 1103
  • Colonia Boulevard Grade Crossing Elimination - Colonia NJ
    The Public Works Administration (PWA) provided a grant for grade separations of Colonia Boulevard and "Sucker Brook Road," from the train tracks, in Colonia, New Jersey. The project was undertaken as part of a larger grade crossing elimination initiative during that era. The PWA provided a grant of $99,585 for the project, whose total cost was $243,391. New Jersey Board of Public Utility Commissioners: "Execution of the order of the Board to eliminate these crossings ... In the meantime funds to aid in the construction of the project became available through a 45% grant from P.W.A. Work was started by railroad forces on...
  • Avenel Street Underpass - Woodbridge Township NJ
    The Public Works Administration (PWA) provided a grant for the construction of an underpass to carry Avenel Street under the train tracks in Avenel, Woodbridge Township, New Jersey (at the train station). The project was undertaken as part of a larger grade crossing elimination initiative during that era. The PWA provided a grant of $98,100 for the project, whose total cost was $243,367. New Jersey Board of Public Utility Commissioners: "Work on the project was started by railroad forces September 24th, 1936, construction under contract began November 4, 1936, and the project was completed on November 30, 1937. After construction was under way the...
  • Road Reconstruction: 8th Ave. at 42nd St. - New York NY
    Historic imagery shows that the Works Progress Administration (WPA) dug up and rebuilt 8th Ave. around 42nd St., in Manhattan, in 1936.
  • East Side Reservoir - Allentown PA
    The East Side Reservoir was one of two giant reservoirs constructed during the mid-1930s as a New Deal project sponsored by the Public Works Administration (PWA). The reservoir is presently covered and part of a municipal park. The Morning Call: "This project, which is rapidly approaching completion, is making possible the construction of extensive water works improvements - which will assure the residents of Allentown a plentiful supply of good water. This large Public Words Administration project provided for the construction of two masonry distribution reservoirs having a combined capacity of approximately 35,000,000 gallons along with necessary extensions to the distribution system." The...
  • South Mountain Reservoir - Allentown PA
    The South Mountain Reservoir was one of two giant reservoirs constructed during the mid-1930s as a New Deal project sponsored by the Public Works Administration (PWA). The reservoir is presently covered and part of a municipal park. The Morning Call: "This project, which is rapidly approaching completion, is making possible the construction of extensive water works improvements — which will assure the residents of Allentown a plentiful supply of good water. This large Public Words Administration project provided for the construction of two masonry distribution reservoirs having a combined capacity of approximately 35,000,000 gallons along with necessary extensions to the distribution...
  • Perry High School (former) Athletic Field - Pittsburgh PA
    A project involving construction of an athletic field at Perry High School (now Perry Traditional Academy) was undertaken in 1936 as part of a New Deal project, sponsored by the Public Works Administration (PWA). The PWA provided a $17,994 grant for the project, whose total cost was $41,283. PWA Docket No. PA 1151
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