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  • Waterworks - Inverness MS
    PWA W1061 supported the construction of an artesian well, water main, and waterworks distribution system. A loan of $4,000 and a grant of $3,501 was approved 9/25/1935. Contracts were awarded 11/18/1935. Construction began 1/20/1936 and was completed 4/4/1936. Even though there was a rush for overtime in September to complete applications by the deadline, Mississippi halted work for an hour "out of respect to Mrs. Harold L. Ickes, wife of the national administrator, killed in an automobile accident in Texas Saturday night" (Workers pause, 1935, p. 10).
  • Naval Research Laboratory Improvements - Washington DC
    The Naval Research Laboratory has been a major research facility for the US Navy and military since it was founded at the instigation of Thomas Edison in 1923. It is located along the Potomac River at the southern tip of the District of Columbia. In 1937, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) carried out repairs and made additions to the US Naval Research Laboratory.  Principle among these was a large addition to the field house.  The WPA teams also added roads, sewers and storm drains, and landscaping. Navy Bulletin No. 38 provides more specifics: “At the Naval Research Laboratory, Bellevue, D. C., the major...
  • Twenty-First Street NW Paving - Washington DC
    In 1941, the Washington Post reported the start of a $1,158,000 road paving program carried out by the Public Roads Administration division of the Federal Works Administration (FWA). One of the streets slated to be paved was 21st Street between Virginia Avenue and C Street, NW. Although the street has been repaved since 1941, the New Deal played a role in its continued maintenance.
  • Farmers' Market - Palmetto FL
    The Works Progress Administration built a farmers' market building in Palmetto, Manatee County FL. WPA work project no. 2301. The location and status of the structure is presently unknown to Living New Deal.
  • Rural Housing - Lee County MS
    The first Mississippi county approved for rural housing loans from the United States Housing Authority was Lee County. Loans represented 90% of the construction and 10% was locally supplied for the $790,000 program. "America's first 'economy wall' unit of brick residences have been completed under direction of the rural housing authority on Highway 78, three miles east of Tupelo..." (Housing Work, 1941). D. D. Smith Lumber Company constructed the brick houses, which were the first of the farm houses under New Deal work to be built of brick. The project authorized 300 rural homes to be constructed. The first home...
  • Thirteenth Street NW Improvements - Washington DC
    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) carried out pavement repair and other improvements to a segment of Thirteenth Street NW, from Florida Avenue to Euclid Street, in 1935-36.   “The roadway of Thirteenth Street NW, from Florida Avenue to Euclid Street, was widened and paved. The new concrete pavement was treated with an emulsion used for darkening concrete so as to eliminate the glare.”   The work was part of the $949,496 WPA allotment for DC roadwork for fiscal year 1936.   The work is likely still extant, but invisible beneath subsequent repavings.        
  • Tenth Street NW Improvements - Washington DC
    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) carried out pavement repair and other, unspecified improvements to a segment of Tenth Street NW, from Constitution Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue, in 1935-36.   The road was “widened to conform with the design of the Triangle area, and repaved with sheet asphalt pavement.”   The work was part of a $949,496 WPA allotment for DC roadwork for fiscal year 1936.   The work is likely still extant, but invisible beneath subsequent paving.    
  • Massachusetts Avenue NW Improvements - Washington DC
    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) carried out repaving and other improvements to a segment of Massachusetts Avenue NW, from Wisconsin Avenue to Nebraska Avenue, in 1935-36. “The roadway of Massachusetts Avenue NW, from Wisconsin Avenue to Nebraska Avenue, was improved with combination cement curb and gutter and the old macadam roadway was covered with a bituminous surface. With the exception of two narrow strips adjacent to the gutters, practically no new concrete base was laid.” The work was part of the $949,496 WPA allotment for DC roadwork for fiscal year 1936. This WPA roadwork is probably not discernible today due to subsequent road maintenance,...
  • Rhode Island Avenue NE Improvements - Washington DC
    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) carried out pavement repair and other, unspecified improvements to a segment of Rhode Island Avenue NE, from Twelfth Street to Sixteenth Street, in 1935-36. The work was part of the $949,496 WPA allotment for DC roadwork for fiscal year 1936. This WPA roadwork is probably not discernible today due to subsequent road maintenance, repairs, or alterations.
  • Eleventh Street SE Improvements - Washington DC
    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) made improvements to a lengthy segment of Eleventh Street SE, from Pennsylvania Avenue to Anacostia Bridge, in 1935-36. "Eleventh Street SE, from Pennsylvania Avenue to Anacostia Bridge, was widened and repaved with sheet asphalt pavement and a sharp curve at the approach to the bridge was eliminated. This roadway also carried car tracks, which were removed, and the pavement that was replaced consisted of granite block laid in 1889.” This work was part of the $949,496 WPA allotment for DC roadwork for fiscal year 1936. This WPA roadwork is probably not discernible today due to subsequent road maintenance,...
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