Walter Reed General Hospital (former) Improvements – Washington DC

The Civil Works Administration (CWA) and its successor, the Works Progress Administration (WPA), both engaged in improvement projects at the old Walter Reed General Hospital (as it was then known).  The entire army medical complex, covering around 80 acres, was… read more

Washington Channel and Southwest Waterfront Redevelopment – Washington DC

The Washington Channel is a two-mile long body of water that sits between East Potomac Park and the Southwest Waterfront. There had been a decades-long attempt to improve and modernize the area, but little had been done before the New… read more

Washington Monument Grounds Reconstruction – Washington DC

Washington Monument and Grounds - Washington DC

The Washington Monument grounds – the core area of the National Mall – was substantially altered and improved, including a major reconfiguration of the streets. The work was paid for by the Public Works Administration (PWA) from a fund of… read more

Water and Sewer Authority Carpentry Shop – Washington DC

Garage/shop group at the foot of First Street, Water and Sewer Authority site - Washington DC

Works Progress Administration (WPA) records in the National Archives report that in 1937 WPA labor was used to “erect a brick building in the city to be used as a combination carpentry and blacksmith shop by the Sewer Department.” The… read more

Western Avenue Improvements – Washington DC

In 1935-36, Civil Works Administration (CWA) and Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) carried out repairs to a half-mile segment of Western Avenue, from Wisconsin Avenue to Fessenden Street.   The road was paved with “temporary material consisting of broken-concrete base, broken stone,… read more

Young Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, and Fairlawn Avenue SE Sewers – Washington DC

In 1940, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) installed sewers on Young Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, and Fairlawn Avenue in the district’s southeast quadrant. The precise location is unknown, but these are probably storm sewers installed that connect to the outfall visible just… read more