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New Mexico Works Progress Administration (WPA) Sites

Carrizozo Women’s Club New Mexico WPA Works Progress Administration New Deal Roosevelt Pueblo Revivalist Architecture Color Print Photo
Arch Hurley Conservancy District Building Tucumcari New Mexico WPA Works Progress Administration New Deal Roosevelt Pueblo Revivalist Architecture Color Archival Pigment Print
Corona Public School WPA Works Progress Administration PWA New Deal Southwest Rural
Tucumcari City Hall City Hall High School New Mexico WPA Works Progress Administration PWA New Deal
New Mexico Public Welfare Building Santa Fe New Mexico WPA Works Progress Administration Color Archival Pigment Print
City Hall Building Tucumcari New Mexico Color Archival Pigment Print WPA Works Progress Administration PWA New Deal
Wood Gormley Elementary School Santa Fe New Mexico WPA Works Progress Administration Pueblo Revivalist Architecture Color Archival Pigment Print
Carlos Gilbert Elementary School Santa Fe New Mexico WPA Works Progress Administration Color Archival Pigment Print
Heights Community Center Albuquerque New Mexico WPA Works Progress Administration Color Archival Pigment Print New Deal
Albuquerque Little Theatre New Mexico WPA Works Progress Administration Color Archival Pigment Print New Deal
Harwood Art Center Building Albuquerque New Mexico WPA Works Progress Administration Color Archival Pigment Print New Deal
New Mexico Supreme Court Building Santa Fe New Mexico WPA Works Progress Administration Color Archival Pigment Print
Marshall Junior High School Clovis New Mexico WPA Works Progress Administration New Deal Roosevelt Pueblo Revivalist Architecture Color Archival Pigment Print
Milne Stadium Albuquerque New Mexico WPA Works Progress Administration Color Archival Pigment Print New Deal Sports Arena
Quarai Mission Structure Mountainair New Mexico Color Archival Pigment Print Ancient ruins Indigenous Native American WPA New Deal CCC
WPA Wall Clovis New Mexico Works Progress Administration New Deal Color Archival Pigment Print
School Gymnasium St. Vrain New Mexico Abandoned WPA Works Progress Administration New Deal Roosevelt Rustic Architecture Color Archival Pigment Print
Cedarvale School Gymnasium New Mexico Color Archival Pigment Print WPA Works Progress Administration New Deal Rural Southwest Abandoned

Give a man a dole, and you save his body and destroy his spirit.
Give him a job and you save both body and spirit.

Harry Hopkins, WPA Administrator

Debates on issues like climate change, migration, and certainly the current COVID-19 pandemic suggest a divide on the merits of making sacrifices today for a better tomorrow. This is not unprecedented. The early years of the Great Depression saw one in four Americans without work and economic activity nearly halved. In its midst of this calamity, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) created under the Roosevelt administration hired more than 8.5 million people to work on 1.4 million projects. Nearly a century later, over 15,000 sites nationwide, and over 300 in New Mexico alone, remain and many still operate, including schools, government facilities, parks, and murals.

These images comprise the early stage of a documentary survey of selected extant and abandoned WPA sites in New Mexico. The intent of this project is to illustrate at least two benefits, namely, near-term job creation that helped people back then, and the longer-term transformation of place evident today.

Carrizozo Women’s Club, Carrizozo, New Mexico, March 2, 2019
Arch Hurley Conservancy District Building, Tucumcari, New Mexico, February 23, 2019
Corona Public School, Corona, New Mexico, March 9, 2019
City Hall (originally a High School), Tucumcari, New Mexico, February 23, 2019
New Mexico Public Welfare Building, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 17, 2019
City Hall Building (now vacant), Tucumcari, New Mexico, February 23, 2019
Wood Gormley Elementary School, Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 21, 2020
Carlos Gilbert Elementary School, Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 14, 2019
Heights Community Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 22, 2019
Albuquerque Little Theatre, Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 22, 2019
Harwood Art Center Building, Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 22, 2019
New Mexico Supreme Court Building, Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 28, 2019
Marshall Junior High School, Clovis, New Mexico, March 24, 2019
Milne Stadium, Albuquerque, March 2, 2019
Quarai Mission Structure, Mountainair, New Mexico, May 9, 2019
WPA Wall, Clovis, New Mexico, March 24, 2019
School Building, St. Vrain, New Mexico, March 24, 2019
Cedarvale School, Cedarvale, New Mexico, March 9, 2019
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