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  • Apalachicola River Bridge - Blountstown to Bristol FL
    Now one of two spans that carries Florida State Highway 20 across the Apalachicola River, this bridge, which connects Blountstown in Calhoun County with Bristol in Liberty County, was a federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. (The New Deal span, the more northerly of the two bridges, now carries westbound traffic only.) The bridge was constructed between 1937 and 1938.
  • Archer School Gymnasium - Archer FL
    The Archer School Gymnasium was built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) with funding from the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, as part of the New Deal Project 1189. The building was restored (with ADA updates) beginning with fundraising efforts in 2003. Construction commenced in 2007 and completed in 2011, and the building dedicated. It now serves as a multi-purpose center for the City of Archer. The condition of the Gymnasium Building is excellent; however the school was demolished in 1972. (New Deal Project 1189 also remodeled the auditorium of the school into classrooms.)
  • Athletic Fields - Monticello FL
    "Some of the early projects implemented included ... construction of an athletic field on city property near the public slaughter pen. The ... project included a football field and clay baseball diamond with lights."
  • Aucilla Vocational School - Jefferson County FL
    WPA projects in Jefferson County, Florida included "a vocational school at Aucilla." The location and status of this building are unknown to Living New Deal.
  • Austin Cary Forest - Gainesville FL
    In 1939, the federal Work Progress Administration (WPA) worked to develop Austin Cary Forest, a UCF facility used for "the purposes of academic teaching, research, extension education, and demonstration". The WPA "built roads, buildings, and water draining ditches. And 100,000 board feet of pine and 80,000 cypress shingles were logged from the forest and processed at the School's sawmill."
  • Bartow Civic Recreation Center and Pool (former) - Bartow FL
    The Bartow Civic Recreation Center and pool were built ca. 1933-1935.  Records suggest the project was started by workers in the Civil Works Administration (CWA) and completed by workers in the Work Division of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA). Around 1969-1973, the recreation center became the Oaks School.  In 2005, the Oaks School closed, and the current use of the building is unknown.  The pool no longer exists.  (A new civic center was built in 1967, on Floral Avenue.) The construction of the building was described in great detail by Mary E. Adkins, in the January 27, 1934 edition of the...
  • Bass Museum of Art Improvements - Miami Beach FL
    Originally the Miami Beach Public Library & Art Center, this building was designed by Russell Pancoast in 1930. FERA later completed the interiors of the rooms on the ground floor.
  • Bayfront Park - Sarasota FL
    Also known as Island Park, Sarasota's Bayfront Park was developed during the 1930s/40s by the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA).
  • Bayshore Boulevard - Tampa FL
    The PWA funded the construction of Bayshore Boulevard, along Hillsborough Bay in Tampa. At 6.5 miles, it is claimed to be the longest continuous sidewalk in the world.
  • Bayshore Boulevard Improvements - Tampa FL
    This was one of many WPA projects in Tampa: "The most outstanding project was the work done on Bayshore Blvd., the first allotment for which was made on Nov. 4, 1935, amounting to $248,689.  During the next 3 years, new seawalls were constructed the entire length of the boulevard and new, much wider pavements laid.  Also, the missing link between the Platt Street Bridge and Magnolia Street was opened and completed.  Altogether, the work on Bayshore cost $1.2 million.  The costly project had been made necessary largely due to the old seawall, built for the city and county less than 10...
  • Big City Park Walkway - Longwood FL
    "The Senator was the biggest and oldest pond cypress tree in the world, located in Big Tree Park, Longwood, Florida. At the time of its demise, it was 125 feet tall, with a trunk diameter of 17.5 feet. The tree was destroyed by a fire started by the criminal arson of a meth addict on January 16, 2012... Seminole Indians and other Native American Indians who lived throughout Central Florida used this tree as a landmark. In the late 19th century, the tree attracted visitors even though much of the surrounding land was swamp; reaching the tree was done by...
  • Biscayne Park Village Hall - Biscayne Park FL
    "By a vote of its 113 citizens, the Town of Biscayne Park was incorporated on December 31, 1931, and on June 16th, 1933, a state charter was granted changing the name to the Village of Biscayne Park.  The Works Progress Administration built a log cabin, a clear and distinct reference to the Depression as well as to the simplicity of the American frontier days.  On February 1, 1933, at the height of the Depression, the Federal Emergency Relief Program provided the labor for the Dade County pine construction.  William Green, a resident of the Park, as well as a Councilperson,...
  • Camino Real Bridge - Boca Raton FL
    Boca Raton, Florida's historic Camino Real Bridge was constructed with the assistance of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. The PWA provided a $43,363 grant for the project, whose total cost was $94,163. Construction occurred between September 1938 and May 1939. The bridge had been scheduled for demolition and replacement, but due its historic nature it has instead been renovated and is still in use today. PWA Docket No. 1338
  • Capital City County Club Golf Course Expansion - Tallahassee FL
    The Capital City County Club Golf Course was originally a 9-hole golf course developed by George Perkins. In 1924, the newly-incorporated Tallahassee Country Club purchased the golf course from Perkins. In 1935, the Tallahassee Country Club donated the land to the City of Tallahassee. That same year the city received a $35,000 Works Progress Administration grant to expand the golf course to 18 holes. The city engaged noted golf course architect Albert W. Tillinghast to inspect and comment on the plans, which also included renovating the existing 9 holes. Construction began in 1936 and was completed in 1938. In 1956,...
  • Carolyn Beatrice Parker Elementary School - Gainesville FL
    Completed in 1939, the Carolyn Beatrice Parker Elementary School (formerly known as J.J. Finley Elementary School) is the oldest operating elementary school in Alachua County. It was named for Jesse Johnson Finley (1812-1904 ), a brigadier general in the Army of the Confederacy, and later a US congressman from Florida. The school was designed by the architectural firm of Sanford W. Goin and Forrest M. Kelley. It is constructed of brick, and mixes Georgian and art deco styles. The school auditorium, part of the original construction, has seating for 300 people, a full theatrical stage, and a projection room. On August...
  • Centennial Building - Port St. Joe FL
    The Public Works Administration (PWA) funded the construction of the Centennial Building in Port St. Joe FL. Past Use: Auditorium/Gymnasium. Present Use: Civic Center. The 1996 National Register documentation notes that the Centennial Building has been the site of centennial celebration of the signing of Florida's first constitution, which ran from December 7th to December 10th, 1938. The building was dedicated on December 7, 1938. It was also used for other political events and civic functions. Also fund raising events, such as the Fireman's Ball and the March of Dimes President's Ball, have been held in the building. It has sometimes been used for community Fourth of July and...
  • Central Florida State Farmers' Market and Abatoir - Ocala FL
    The Works progress Administration built the Central Florida State Farmers' Market and Abatoir in Ocala FL.
  • Cherry Lake Farms - Cherry Lake FL
    The Cherry Lake community was a Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) project to build a community for resettlement of families from the urban areas in Florida. FERA bought 15000 acres on which it planned to build farms, housing, and an industrial plant, withe the goal of creating a self sufficient farming community. Started with temporary housing then post office, community center, sawmill, family homes, etc.
  • Cherry Lake Farms - Madison FL
    "Cherry Lake Farm (also known as Cherry Rural Rehabilitation Project) was a New Deal rural relief program initiated by the FERA and the Resettlement Administration (RA) and implemented by the WPA. The project involved moving 500 needy families from Tampa, Miami, and Jacksonville onto a 15,000-acre communal tract. The workers formed the cooperatively-owned Cherry Lake Farms (headquartered in the 1839 former plantation home, the Hinton House) and constructed a school, an auditorium, a coop store, barracks, a lumber yard, and a mill. Families lived in 170 cottages with phones, electricity, and running water?all furnished by jointly-owned utilities."   (www.floridamemory.com) According to the...
  • Chinsegut Overseers Cabin - Brooksville FL
    Small front gable cabin in poor repair. Housed the CCC workers' overseer, LT Long, at the agricultural focused camp. The cabin is in poor repair.
  • Chinsegut Washhouse - Brooksville FL
    Small wood framed front gable cabin with shed roof porch used as a Washroom for CCC Workers.
  • Citrus Bowl Stadium - Orlando FL
    "The stadium began life in 1936 as a modest 8,900-person venue, built as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal program in the Works Progress Administration...The Orlando Citrus Bowl -- then named Orlando Stadium -- was one of 116,000 buildings constructed in the program."   (https://www.themaneland.com) The stadium is still in use, though it has since been substantially refurbished.
  • City Hall - St. Petersburg FL
    From the 1990 local landmark application: "Built in 1939, St. Petersburg’s City Hall is significant for its distinction as being one of the few buildings in the City constructed under a PWA (Public Works Administration) grant. It’s construction was made possible through one of Roosevelt’s “New Deal” programs and had a great impact on the morale of the community... The building retains its architectural integrity and also retains significant interior features which contribute to its significance. City Hall is also the work of nationally known architect A. Lowther Forrest... City Hall is important as a modern example of Mediterranean Revival...
  • City Hall (demolished) - Winter Garden FL
    Colonial-style Winter Garden City Hall on Plant Street, with palm trees and a flagpole in the foreground. This building was built by the WPA in 1937, and was torn down in 1979. It was located at 251 West Plant Street in Winter Garden.
  • City Hall (former) - Crystal River FL
    "The Crystal River Old City Hall is a historic building in Crystal River, Florida, in the United States. It is located at 532 North Citrus Avenue, off U.S. 19/98. On May 29, 1998, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The building now houses the Coastal Heritage Museum, operated by the Citrus County Historical Society. Exhibits focus on the early history of the west side of Citrus County, Florida and include a 1929 diorama of downtown Citrus Avenue, a fish house facade, and an original jail cell. Admission is free."
  • City Hall (Old Library) - New Smyrna Beach FL
    New Smyrna Beach's city hall was originally built as the city's library. The building was constructed by federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) labor during the Great Depression.
  • City Hall Mural - Fort Pierce FL
    Fort Pierce, Florida's City Hall contains an example of New Deal artwork: a Section of Fine Arts-commissioned mural entitled "Osceola Holding Informal Court with His Chiefs." The work, which was completed in 1938, was originally displayed in the town's historic post office building.
  • City Hall Murals - Key West FL
    Artist William H. Hoffmann painted two WPA oil on canvas murals in 1936 for what was then the Key West High School, then the Glynn Archer Elementary School and is now the new Key West City Hall. The murals were painted to adorn the auditorium stage. "The significance of the paintings -- one depicting the construction of the Florida East Coast Railroad Extension through the Keys, the other portraying the arrival of Spanish explorers on the "isle of bones" Cayo Hueso -- lies as much in the history of the pieces as in the art itself."   (https://keysnews.com/node/45502)      
  • City Hall, Police, and Fire Departments - Lake City FL
    In 1936, the Works Progress Administration built the Armory, City Hall, Police Department, and Fire Department in Lake City FL. All departments were combined in one building.  
  • City Pool - Winter Garden FL
    The accompanying photo was used on p. 50 of "All Aboard! A Journey Through Historic Winter Garden 1880-1950," written by The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation. The photograph portrays the Winter Garden City Pool at 1, Surprise Drive, Winter Garden. This popular facility was one of the WPA projects made possible through the efforts of Mayor George Walker. The pool was originally filled by a natural artesian well. The pool is still in use and is now called Farnsworth Pool.
  • Coast Guard Air Station - St. Petersburg FL
    Coast Guard Air Station St. Petersburg was built during 1934-1935 with Public Works Administration (PWA) funds and under Works Progress Administration (WPA) labor and rules. Built during this time were a 100 ft by 120 ft aircraft hangar and associated maintenance shops, a seaplane ramp, concrete aprons and aircraft operating areas, an underground aircraft fuel storage facilities, two Spanish-style enlisted barracks, a vehicle maintenance garage, and a building containing the galley, mess hall, recreation hall and officers' quarters. With the addition of larger aircraft in 1976, the air station had to move to an airport with longer runways so the air station...
  • Cody Road - Jefferson County FL
    "Some of the early projects implemented  included ... construction of a new road from the St. Augustine road to Cody." This was likely Road 212.
  • Community Center (demolished) - Hastings FL
    The former Hastings Community Center at 401 North Main Street in Hastings, Florida was constructed as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project during the Great Depression. The building was designed in the Masonry Vernacular style with Art Deco elements. NRHP nomination form: "In February 1934, Hastings's municipal government initiated what proved to be the town's largest and most visible project associated with the New Deal. At a special meeting convened in the offices of the Whitehouse Barrel Company, the town's officials and several residents gathered to discuss improving the town and providing a few temporary jobs, in part, through the use...
  • Coral Gables Museum - Coral Gables FL
    Originally the local police and fire station. "The Coral Gables Public Safety Building, more commonly referred to as the Old Police and Fire Station, was built in 1939 on the corner of Argon Avenue and Salzedo Street. Phineas Paist, the city's principal architect, included a courtroom and a jail in his design of the building. The structure is constructed of oolitic limestone, a type of rock native to this area. The Salzedo Street side of the building is decorated with impressive carvings of firefighters, as well as images of the people and pets that they are sworn to save from fires...
  • Coral Gables Woman's Club - Coral Gables FL
    The Works Progress Administration built a community house and library in Coral Gables, Florida. The building now serves as the Coral Gables Woman's Club. "During the Great Depression, the national Works Projects Administration operated projects in cooperation with state and local governments throughout the country. Of the 17 projects approved for Coral Gables, a library and community building built on land donated by the City was completed in 1937. The coral rock building at 1001 East Ponce de Leon Boulevard was the Library’s location for more than 30 years. The building also housed the Woman’s Club which operated the Library until 1953...
  • Coral Way School - Miami FL
    "Coral Way School, built as Coral Way Elementary School in 1936, is a K-8 school located in Miami, Florida, USA... The school building was designed by August Geiger, a noted South Florida architect who worked for the Dade County School Board. The architecture is in a Mediterranean Revival style with arcaded walkways around interior courtyards resplendent with lush foliage. It was constructed under the auspices of the Works Projects Administration and completed in 1936."   (wikipedia) The school also received numerous WPA artworks, including several mosaics of local animals and Art Deco mosaics of figures picking oranges.
  • Cuscaden Park - Tampa FL
    Cuscaden Park in Tampa's Ybor City was constructed by the WPA in 1935.
  • Daytona Beach Bandshell Oceanfront Park Complex - Daytona Beach FL
    Florida "boasted several notable and highly visible WPA projects, including the Daytona Beach Bandshell Oceanfront Park Complex (NR 1999) and the Bayshore Boulevard Sea Wall (NR 1985) in Tampa. Conceived to help promote Daytona Beach's flagging tourist industry and assembled with native coquina, the distinctive Daytona Beach structure faced south with its profile perpendicular to the Atlantic Ocean. As designed by architect Alan MacDonough, the structure included a clock tower, fountain, and monument to Edward H. Armstrong, Daytona Beach's aggressive mayor who used New Deal resources to enhance the "World's Finest Beach." ... City funds and WPA coffers allocated approximately...
  • Downtown Post Office - Orlando FL
    The historic Federal Building—originally U.S. Post Office and Court House in downtown Orlando, Florida—was constructed with federal Treasury Department funds. The building was dedicated on April 15, 1941, and continues to serve as the downtown post office for Orlando.
  • Downtown Station Post Office - Panama City FL
    The historic post office building in downtown Panama City, Florida was constructed with federal Treasury Department funds. Construction started in 1937 and the building was dedicated on April 29, 1938.
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