Grover Jones

I lived in Lamar Colorado until WWII, so I feel that these New Deal projects are part of my history.  I copied the following information from the internet.

Memorial Drive, Parkview Ave. and Willow Valley Rd., Lamar National Register 8/10/2007, 5PW.56

The park is associated with several Great Depression era federal relief programs. Constructed between 1933 and 1938 under the Civil Works Administration (CWA), the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA), creation of the park provided a source of employment in Lamar during much of the Depression. Willow Creek Park was Colorado’s first CWA project and the first planned park in Lamar, providing a location for active and passive recreation activities. A prominent feature of the city, the park’s buildings and stone features are good examples of the Rustic style as interpreted by New Deal agencies. Characteristics include the use of native stone; traditional construction methods; evident hand craftsmanship; and simple functional design. (2006 photograph)
Willow Creek Park has a large sign at one entrance proclaiming it as the first WPA project in Colorado when it was actually the first CWA project in the state.

300 S. Fifth St., Lamar, Prowers County National Register 1/22/1986, 5PW.43
Built in 1936, it is the only remaining post office of its type in Colorado. The building is an especially pleasing example illustrating the Spanish Colonial/Mediterranean influence on Neo-Classicism.

Copied from: The New Deal in Colorado 1933-1942  and

Prowers County Welfare Housing
Location: Lamar
County: Prowers County
Date Constructed: 1938-1941
Built by: WPA

The Prowers Housing Welfare Housing is a complex of five buildings located on the northern edge of Lamar. The complex is located near the railroad tracks in an area that primarily light industrial. The Fairmont Cemetery, with stone walls constructed under a WPA project, is located northeast of the housing complex, on the opposite side on Maple Street.

The complex consists of four 128’ x 28’ buildings and one 52’ x 25’ building. The buildings are arranged in an “H” pattern, with the smaller building in the middle. All buildings the buildings are constructed of sandstone. The single-story buildings are topped by side gable roofs with exposed rafter tails and covered with wood shingles.
Gravel drives run along the east, west, and south sides of complex. Deciduous and cedar trees were originally symmetrically planted around the complex, but some have died. A square stone incinerator is located at the southeast corner of the complex.

The masonry construction is regularly coursed quarry-faced ashlar sandstone. The stones are uniform in height but vary somewhat in length. All buildings feature stepped parapets on the ends. The window and door openings are deeply recessed, and the windows have dressed stone sills.  Some original fenestrations remain:  windows were originally 6/6 double-hung, and the doors appear to have been three paneled wood with an upper sash.  Other doors and windows have been either replaced or covered with plywood. Unit #1, unit #2, and unit #3 all have eight windows and eight doors on the east and west sides and two windows on the north and south sides. Unit #4 has the same arrangement on the north, west, and east sides but has a concrete loading dock with two wide doorways on the south side.

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Prowers County Welfare Housing | Colorado Preservation, Inc.

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