• Carolyn Road Improvements - Lake Placid NY
    The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) reconstructed Lake Placid's Carolyn Road in 1936. The Lake Placid News reported: The WPA has allowed a grant of $11,622.40 for improvements on Carolyn road. The town of North Elba project is designed to employ 34 men for four months to widen, grade, and build gutters on the road from Chubb Corners to the Lake Placid - Saranac Lake highway.
  • Lake Placid Middle High School - Lake Placid NY
    In 1922, due to increasing numbers of students, the Lake Placid school district constructed a large brick high school at the south end of the current middle high school. It was modern and fireproof, sitting on the hill overlooking athletic fields and Main street. In November 1933, again due to increasing numbers of pupils, the community members voted to increase the school size by building two more sections. The original brick building was incorporated as the south end of the newly completed high school, now having three main sections, all finished with a Palladian neoclassical façade. A plaque indicating that...
  • Lake Placid Ski Resort Improvements - Lake Placid NY
    This small mountain town developed Olympic quality winter sports facilities in order to host the Olympic games in 1932. These facilities, including ski slopes and the bob-sled run, were later improved by the WPA. The resort was again used for the Olympics in 1980.
  • Post Office - Lake Placid NY
    The historic post office building in Lake Placid, New York "was designed and built 1935-1936, and is one of a number of post offices in New York State designed by the Office of the Supervising Architect of the Treasury Department under Louis A. Simon. The building is in the Colonial Revival style and is a one story, five bay steel framed building on a raised foundation with a cast stone watertable and clad in orange / buff colored brick. The interior features a group of murals executed in 1937 by Henry Billings."
  • Post Office Murals - Lake Placid NY
    The post office interior features five murals depicting winter sports painted by Henry Billings in 1937.
  • Von Hovenberg Olympic Bobsled Run improvements - Lake Placid NY
    "WPA work on this run is plainly visible to thousands of people who view the run under summer skies. The run has been made safer as the result of WPA work. WPA iced the run as required, manned telephone booths along the run, transported Bob-sleds and passengers to the top of the mountain, and repaired and maintained equipment and machinery. Photo shows curves improved by WPA in use."