Franklin High School Statue: “Benjamin Franklin” – Portland OR

From 1939 to 1942, Portland’s Franklin High School benefited from two different Works Progress Administration (WPA) initiatives. One of the projects allowed artists from the Federal Art Project, one of the five independent branches of the Works Progress Administration, to… read more

McLoughlin Boulevard Roadside Planting – North Unit – Portland OR

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Red oaks line a section of McLoughlin Boulevard on its southern entry into the City of Portland. The nearly ninety-year-old trees are the legacy of a highway beautification project funded by the Public Works Administration (PWA) in 1934. The Oregon… read more

Overlook Park Shelter and Comfort Station – Portland OR

Acquired by the City of Portland in 1930, the ten-acre Overlook Park required improvements during the Depression years if it were to serve adequately the north Portland Overlook neighborhood, which had reached full development during the 1920s real estate boom…. read more

Sewer Repair SW First & SW Sheridan (improved) – Portland OR

Crew doing sewer repair on SW First and SW Sheridan - Portland OR

During the hard winter months of 1933-1934, the Civil Works Administration (CWA) was a work relief program that employed Portlanders on a variety of needed projects. Sewer repair work was one such project category. These men are shown doing sewer… read more

Sewer Repair: SE Floral and Ankeny Streets – Portland OR

CWA Crew Digging Trenches for Sewer Repair at SE Floral and SE Ankeny Street - Portland OR

During the hard winter months of 1933-1934, the Civil Works Administration (CWA) was a work relief program that employed Portlanders on a variety of needed projects. Sewer repair work was one such project category. These men are shown doing sewer… read more

Street Repair: NW Maywood Drive & NW Melinda Avenue – Portland OR

CWA Workers Repairing Roadway at Intersection of NW Melinda and NW Maywood - Portland OR

During the hard winter months of 1933-1934, the Civil Works Administration (CWA) was a work relief program that employed Portlanders on a variety of needed projects. Street repair work was one such project category. These men are shown on January… read more

Waterfront Park: Harbor Wall – Portland OR

Portland’s morning newspaper, The Oregonian, announced in late January 1936 that the city’s Seawall Railing was nearing completion, bringing with it a harbor line that was “beautified and protect(ed).” The ornamental, reinforced concrete railings added 3 ½ feet to the… read more