In 1934, the National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA) financed a major reconstruction effort of the Roosevelt Highway (State route 1 or Interstate 101 as its known) through Santa Barbara in order to deal with bad traffic conditions. Conditions when entering… read more
‘This project consisted of the concrete reservoir with a capacity of 50,000,000 gallons and the filtration plant with a capacity of 8,000,000 gallons per day from which the filtered and softened water is pumped into the distributing system of Santa… read more
“During the dark days of the Depression, Santa Barbara gained more than its share from the Federal program known as the Works Progress Administration…Another local WPA gem, the grandstands, fences and outbuildings that graced the grand old Laguna Park baseball… read more
“In the late 1930s the City, in conjunction with the Federal government, attempted to solve [Santa Barbara’s lower East Side] flooding problem through the construction of a pump station, located at the mouth of Laguna Creek. Constructed by the Works… read more
“The Santa Barbara Armory, [Works Progress Administration] Work Projects NO. 4256, 7013, and 9073, was sponsored by the City of Santa Barbara and constructed for the 2nd Battalion of the 144th Field Artillery, California National Guard. The work involved the… read more
A 1939 guide to the PWA describes this pool and bathhouse: ‘The evident thought and care exercised in the design and planning of this municipal swimming pool has resulted in a satisfactory architectural composition. The pool is L-shaped, 50 by… read more
The present Santa Barbara City Hall was established in 1924, but the PWA built additions to the property starting in 1938. A September, 1938 edition of the Daily Pacific Builder reported that work on the project was to begin on… read more
Campbell Grant was hired by the WPA in 1934 to paint two murals for Santa Barbara High School: “North America” and “South America.” The murals went up in the administrative lobby and have recently been restored. Campbell Grant was the… read more
Douglass Parshall was both an artist and a WPA supervisor. He painted this mural depicting Olympic sports for Santa Barbara Junior High School in 1934. The mural is located in the school library.
Two 25' x 8' oil on canvas lunettes by Samuel Vaughan were commissioned by the Federal Art Project: "Men at Work" and "US Army in Europe"