Aberjona River Rechanneling – Winchester MA

Winchester.us: “During the 1930s the channel upstream of the Aberjona Pond was rechanneled, section by section, as ERA and WPA projects. The projects were based on recommendations by Herbert Kellaway, published in 1928. In the Kellaway plan, three ponds for… read more

Acton High School (former) Improvements – Acton MA

The former Acton High School building was greatly improved with federal Civil Works Administration (C.W.A.) funds and labor in 1933. School Committee Report, 1933: “The school system has functioned fairly normally during the past year. The pared appropriation hindered somewhat,… read more

Airport – Beverly MA

The Works Progress Administration (WPA), in conjunction with the War Department, developed Beverly Airport in Massachusetts. WPA project details: “Construct municipal airport” Official Project Number: 165‐1‐14‐265 Total project cost: $168,866.00 Sponsor: War Department “Construct runways at airport” Official Project Number:… read more

Airport – Fitchburg MA

The Works Progress Administration (WPA), in conjunction with the War Department, developed Fitchburg Airport in Massachusetts. WPA project details (referred to as ‘Leominster’): “Improve municipal airport” Official Project Number: 165‐1‐14‐260 Total project cost: $121,270.00 Sponsor: War Department “Make improvements to airport”… read more

Alumni Field Development – Maynard MA

The New Deal had a large impact on Maynard’s Alumni Field. In 1933 the Civil Works Administration (C.W.A.) surfaced the running track, built a concrete foundation for bleachers, graded a field next to the highway, and surfaced tennis courts. The… read more

Andrew McArdle Bridge Repairs – Boston MA

A Boston Public Works Department report cited Federal Emergency Relief Administration (F.E.R.A.) labor as conducting the following work: “Meridian Street Bridge [now Andrew P. McArdle Bridge] … was chipped, cleaned and painted. … Repaving and repairs were made to the… read more

Armory (former) Improvements – Gloucester MA

Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) laborers improved/renovated what was then the Massachusetts National Guard armory in Gloucester. W.P.A. project details: “Repair and improve Armory building” Official Project Number: 165‐14‐2401 Total project cost: $9,042.00 Sponsor: Military Department, Commonwealth of Massachusetts “Make general… read more

Armory (former) Improvements – Milford MA

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) conducted improvement work at the historic armory building in Milford, Mass. WPA project details: “Make alterations to Armory building” Official Project Number: 465‐14‐2‐545 Total project cost: $6,963.00 Sponsor: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Military Department “Improve Armory” Official… read more