• A. A. Low School (demolished) Improvements - Salem MA
    Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) labor conducted improvements at the former A.A. Low School in Salem, Massachusetts. The facility was located at the northwest corner of Nichols St. and Butler St. WPA Bulletin: A new plumbing, heating and ventilation system has been installed by WPA in the A. A. Low School, Nichols Street, Salem. The old system was in poor condition and school authorities considered it a matter of economy to replace it at this time.
  • Bakers Island Lighthouse Wharf - Salem MA
    The Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) completed a project in 1937 that involved "building of a new wharf bridging and steps at the Baker's Island lighthouse," a project intended to improve safety at the lighthouse for both visitors and the keeper. The W.P.A. replaced 82-year-old rotting timbers at the wharf. Workers were transported via daily water taxi from Salem.
  • Greenlawn Cemetery Plantings - Salem MA
    "Major improvements were initiated in 1933 and 1934 with W.P.A. workers planting many botanical specimens. F. Carroll Sargent, noted arborist, brought many varieties of trees and shrubs from all over North America, China, Japan, Europe, Manchuria, Siberia and Korea to plant at the cemetery. Notable speciments are the following trees: Amur Cork, Dawn Redwood, Osage Orange, Yellowwood, and Katsura Trees. In 1934 the Workers Progress Administration (WPA) workers planted hundreds of trees." Given the dates, it is more likely that the author meant to attribute the Civil Works Administration (CWA), not the WPA.
  • Old Town Hall Renovation - Salem MA
    The Emergency Relief Administration (E.R.A.) and Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) completely renovated Old Town Hall on Derby Square in Salem, MA.
  • Parking Lot (former) - Salem MA
    Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) labor constructed a parking lot in downtown Salem, Mass.; since eliminated. WPA Bulletin, 1937: WPA will help answer Salem's parking problem with the construction of a public parking lot, on Front and New Derby Streets, which will accommodate 100 cars. Mayor Bates, sponsor of the project, estimates that the space will accommodate a total weekly capacity of 21,200 cars allowing each car one and one-half hour parking time. Merchants of the business district look for increased sales on completion of the lot which will be graded, drained, set with curbing, macadamized and marked with white lines.  
  • Salem Visitor Center (Old Salem Armory) Modernization - Salem MA
    Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) workers dramatically improved the old Salem Armory, now National Park Service Regional Visitor Center, in Salem, Mass. WPA Bulletin: WPA workers are changing the Salem armory from a drab, neglected structure to a modern, well-kept building. A lighting system comparable with that of the Boston Garden has been installed. The building has been painted and the obsolete, dust-covered gas fixtures have been removed. A ramp will be constructed to allow motorized equipment to enter the building. There will also be a new roof on the boiler house, showers on the second floor and modernization of the lavatories. A DoD Historic...
  • Streets - Salem MA
    A sizable street construction project in Salem, Mass. was undertaken with the assistance of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. PWA Docket No. MA 797