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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
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 Territorial Revival Architecture
Color Archival Pigment Print Orogrande School New Mexico Works Progress Administration WPA FDR Franklin Roosevelt New Deal Great Depression American Southwest Pueblo Revivalist Architecture
Color Archival Pigment Print Works Progress Administration WPA FDR Franklin Roosevelt New Deal Great Depression American Southwest Gymnasium Amistad New Mexico
Color Archival Pigment Print New Mexico Works Progress Administration WPA FDR Franklin Roosevelt New Deal Great Depression American Southwest Lincoln National Forest Service Building
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
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 Territorial Architectural Style
Color Archival Pigment Print Alma D'arte High School Las Cruces New Mexico 2022 American Southwest WPA Works Progress Administration FDR Great Depression New Deal
Marshall Junior High School Clovis New Mexico WPA Works Progress Administration New Deal Roosevelt Pueblo Revivalist Architecture Color Archival Pigment Print
Color Archival Pigment Print Works Progress Administration WPA FDR Franklin Roosevelt New Deal Great Depression American Southwest School Perimeter Wall Des Moines New Mexico
Color Archival Pigment Print Works Progress Administration WPA FDR Franklin Roosevelt New Deal Great Depression American Southwest Clayton School Building Clayton New Mexico
Color Archival Pigment Print Works Progress Administration WPA FDR Franklin Roosevelt New Deal Great Depression American Southwest Colfax County Courthouse Raton New Mexico American Southwest Art Deco Architecture
Color Archival Pigment Print Oscar Huber Memorial Ball Park Baseball Ballpark field Madrid New Mexico Works Progress Administration WPA New Deal FDR Franklin Roosevelt Great Depression New Deal Rural American Southwest
School Gymnasium St. Vrain New Mexico Abandoned WPA Works Progress Administration New Deal Roosevelt Rustic Architecture Color Archival Pigment Print
Color Archival Pigment Print Works Progress Administration WPA FDR Franklin Roosevelt New Deal Great Depression American Southwest School Gym Gymnasium Maxwell New Mexico
Quarai Mission Structure Mountainair New Mexico Color Archival Pigment Print Ancient ruins Indigenous Native American WPA New Deal CCC
Color Archival Pigment Print New Mexico Works Progress Administration WPA FDR Franklin Roosevelt New Deal Great Depression American Southwest Socorro Grade School Garfield Edward Torrres
Color Archival Pigment Print New Mexico Works Progress Administration WPA FDR Franklin Roosevelt New Deal Great Depression American Southwest Sierra County Courthouse Truth or Consequences New Mexico
Cemetery Opening Fort Sumner New Mexico 2020 WPA PWA Works Progress Administration Southwest Color Photograph Rustic Americana
Color Archival Pigment Print Aztec Museum Aztec New Mexico 2021
Roosevelt County Courthouse Portales New Mexico Color Archival Pigment Print WPA Works Progress Administration Art Deco Architecture

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, immigration, and certainly the recent 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.

A separate slide presentation includes WPA sites from other states.

Carrizozo Women’s Club, Carrizozo, New Mexico, March 2, 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
Orogrande School, Orogrande, New Mexico, October 29, 2022
Gymnasium, Amistad, New Mexico, June 9, 2022
County Building, Alamogordo, New Mexico, October 29, 2022
Wood Gormley Elementary School, Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 21, 2020
Carlos Gilbert Elementary School, Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 14, 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
Alma d'Arte Charter High School, Las Cruces, New Mexico, October 28, 2022
Marshall Junior High School, Clovis, New Mexico, March 24, 2019
School Perimeter Wall, Des Moines, New Mexico, June 7, 2022
Clayton School Building, Clayton, New Mexico, June 8, 2022
Colfax County Courthouse, Raton, New Mexico, June 20, 2022
Oscar Huber Memorial Ball Park, Madrid, New Mexico, September 29, 2022
School Building, St. Vrain, New Mexico, March 24, 2019
School Gym, Maxwell, New Mexico, June 7, 2022
Quarai Mission Structure, Mountainair, New Mexico, May 9, 2019
Socorro Grade School, Socorro, New Mexico, October 26, 2022
Sierra County Courthouse, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, October 26, 2022
Cemetery Opening, Fort Sumner, New Mexico, 2020
Aztec Museum, Aztec, New Mexico, June 29, 2021
Roosevelt County Courthouse, Portales, New Mexico, July 19, 2020
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