Frank da CruzSee table of confirmed Embury New Deal projects See Embury profile
10 November 2019
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Aymar Embury II was the Supervising or Consulting or Chief Architect at the NYC Parks Department throughout the New Deal, 1934-43. He was paid out of New Deal funds, so every project he worked on during that period in his Parks Department capacity is a New Deal project if only for that reason, even though most of them also had their materials and/or labor funded in whole or in part by New Deal agencies. It is written in countless places that Embury was responsible for over 600 NYC New Deal projects, but I have never been able to locate a list of them. So in November 2019 I tried to put one together myself. The initial result is HERE; it has about 230 entries ranging from humble comfort stations to massive undertakings like the Triborough Bridge and Lincoln Tunnel. I don't have first-hand knowledge of Embury's exact role in each project — sole architect, supervising architect, one of a group of architects — my only criterion for crediting a project to him is that he is named as the (or an) architect in an official document, or at least a credible one. What follows is a gallery of just a few of the hundreds of sites Embury worked on during the New Deal; these include new creations designed from scratch as well as renovations of existing ones.