Category Archives: Public Works Administration

The Natchez Trace

Edith Wyatt Moore, Natchez historian and officer of the Natchez Trace Association, was recognized for her civic service January 2, 1935 in promoting the Natchez Trace.  Mrs. Moore presented at a congressional committee hearing regarding the development of the Natchez … Continue reading

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New Deal in Texas: Bunger PWA School House

The Bunger school house is in Young County, just a few miles down the road from Graham, my home town.  It was completed in 1936 as PWA project W1255 and is rock veneer.  Miss Fannie Ragland was the county superintendent … Continue reading

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More Moorhead

Continuing with the little jaunt through Moorhead, Mississippi’s downtown commercial area, the Moorhead Public Works Administration swimming pool constructed in 1934 was located near this site.  The pool was completed on December 13, 1934 for a total cost of $6,995. … Continue reading

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Wasena Bridge – Roanoke

The Wasena Bridge, carrying traffic over the Roanoke River, train tracks, and Wasena Park between Old Southwest/downtown Roanoke and the Wasena neigbhorhood, was constructed 1938-1939.  It was funded by a Public Works Administration (PWA) grant of $149,265 grant toward the … Continue reading

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Bristol Tennessee High School and the Castle Stadium: PWA, TERA, and WPA on the job for the nation

A magnificent example of Colonial Revival style set within a New South industrial townscape, the Bristol Tennessee High School has been an educational and cultural landmark since its construction. (Carroll Van West, Tennessee’s New Deal Landscape, 2001, p. 124) Features of … Continue reading

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New Deal in Mississippi: Lauderdale County Courthouse

Meridian’s Lauderdale County Courthouse was substantially redesigned by a Public Works Administration funded grant.  The 1905 Beaux Arts building designed by P. J. Krouse was transformed into an Art Deco structure. (Linda Ford, 2004, Meridian Downtown Historic District nomination form for … Continue reading

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Van Zandt County Courthouse

I love that I can now spot a New Deal courthouse as soon as I see it!  I was in dire need of a break from driving yesterday, albeit having hardly been on the road at all, and exited at … Continue reading

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East Tupelo School

The East Tupelo school, constructed 1936, was designed by architects N. W. Overstreet and A. Hays Town.  The building contains an auditorium and classrooms.  Sadly, the beautiful original entrance is hidden behind those metal awnings that cover the sidewalks, and … Continue reading

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Historic Pearl High School in Nashville

Long before this beautiful building was constructed, Pearl High School was serving the African American students and community in Nashville.  It was established in 1883 as a grammar school, and the first public school for black students.  In 1897, it … Continue reading

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Bailey Junior High School in Jackson

I arrived in Jackson late Friday afternoon to attend the NASW board meeting scheduled for all day Saturday.  Having given up on the likelihood that I could carve out a couple of days for Jackson archival research right now, I … Continue reading

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