Category Archives: Works Progress 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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Limestone Guard Wall, Kimberlin Mountain: Another WPA Find

Growing up in Young County, Texas, this road was one of my dad’s favorites for a Sunday afternoon drive around Lake Possum Kingdom, or PK as we knew it.  On my recent trip to Texas, I discovered this guard wall … Continue reading

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WPA Rock Wall in Palo Pinto, Tx

While stopping off in Palo Pinto to photograph their New Deal courthouse (post on that later), I drove around the town a bit and spotted this rock fence with a WPA plaque on it.  The fence was constructed 1935-1937, but … Continue reading

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Grandjean Bridge: New Orleans City Park

The Grandjean Bridge, named for George Grandjean, park commissioner and designer of the original lagoons, is one of nine bridges built by the WPA in New Orleans City Park.  Constructed in 1938, the bridge is located behind the New Orleans Museum … Continue reading

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McFadden Cabin: New Orleans City Park

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) is seen in many of the artistic and functional structures of New Orleans’ City Park.  The McFadden Girl Scout Cabin was donated to the park by William McFadden and constructed in the early 1920s, specifically … Continue reading

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Fountain of the Four Winds

Enrique Alférez created the Fountain of the Four Winds sculpture and fountain in 1936-1937 for the Shushan Airport–later New Orleans Airport and currently, Lakefront Airport. Alférez served as director of the sculpture program for New Orleans WPA artists (Works Progress … Continue reading

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New Orleans’ 1934 Shushan Airport

With the completion of the Shushan Airport, New Orleans takes its place among the great air transportation centers of the world. (Description of the buildings at Shushan Airport, Board of Levee Commissioners of the Orleans Levee District, 1934) Architects Weiss, Dreyfous, … Continue reading

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Easton’s Route 611 Retaining Walls

The story behind the stone retaining walls that help protect the town of Easton, Pennsylvania from flooding of the Lehigh and Delaware rivers–which meet just to the left of this wall–have eluded me in terms of detail.  According to The Morning … Continue reading

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WPA stonework in Nazareth park

The borough park in Nazareth, Pennsylvania is an example of the park recreational facilities constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the New Deal Administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  This automobile traffic bridge directs traffic across a small … 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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