• Federal Building - Galveston TX
    By the early 1880s, the U.S. Custom House on Post Office Street was inadequate to contain all the federal offices in Galveston. To supplement it, a new United States Courthouse, Post Office, and Custom House was built at the corner of Rosenberg and Church Streets between 1886 and 1891. By the mid-1930s that ponderous Victorian building had also become inadequate, even though a separate Custom House had been built on Galveston’s “Strand” in 1933. Therefore, this six-story federal building, occupying the entire block front on Rosenberg Street, was authorized. Designed by Alfred C. Finn of Houston, it exemplifies the penchant of...
  • Galveston Causeway (replaced) - Galveston TX
    Galveston Causeway "carries traffic over Galveston Bay and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The original causeway was built in 1912 and carried both rail and auto traffic. The auto traffic was transferred to new causeways built to the west" during the late 1930s, "leaving the original bridge for rail traffic." The Depression-era structure was constructed as a Public Works Administration (P.W.A.) project from 1936 to 1938. The auto bridges have since been replaced and demolished. PWA Project No. Tex. 1968-R
  • Galveston State Psychopathic Hospital Improvements - Galveston TX
    The Works Progress Administration completed improvements to the Galveston State Psychopathic Hospital Improvements in Galveston TX. According to a Waxahachie Daily Light, 1938, federal funds sponsored the following improvements work at the Galveston State Psychopathic Hospital: "mprove drives on grounds of Galveston State Psychopathic Hospital, and install drainage lines; Federal funds $2,027; sponsor's funds $1,914; workers 33." According to the Asylum Projects database: "The Marvin Graves Building was constructed in 1931 as the State Psychopathic Hospital and enlarged in 1936. Although located on the UTMB campus, it was administered independently of the school. Because of heavy damage from a 1943 hurricane, the state...
  • Oleander Cemetery - Galveston TX
    Excerpt from a 2014 National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form: "Originally designated as a pauper’s burial ground in 1839, little documentation of the historic layout of the Potter’s Field Cemetery exists prior to 1935. A 1935 map illustrates a grid imposed upon existing burial plots. This map was likely prepared as part of an effort to renovate and expand the existing city burial grounds, an effort that resulted in the creation of Oleander Cemetery. A 1939 City Ordinance formally establishes Oleander Cemetery by adopting the plat map and outlining rules and regulations related to the design and management of burial plots...
  • Road Paving - Galveston TX
    A road paving project in Galveston, Texas was undertaken with the aid of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. The PWA supplied a $12,389 grant toward the $28,853 total cost of the project. Work occurred between September and December 1938. (PWA Docket No. TX 1687)