New Mexico New Deal Sites June 2019 - Photo #180 - Santa Fe: Former County Courthouse

Santa Fe, New Mexico, 23 June 2019: Former Santa Fe Courthouse, 102 Grant Avenue, constructed in 1939 with Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works funding (this was the original name of the Public Works Administration — the PWA). The building now houses the Santa Fe County Administrative Building.
  1. PWA Asked to Approve Grant for Courthouse, The Santa Fe New Mexican, 25 August 1938, p.1: "Application of the Santa Fe county board of commissioners for approval by PWA of a $246,363.33 courthouse project was delevered today to Capt. Edward H. Oakley, special PWA representative for New Mexico. The application ... asks the PWA for an outright grant of $110,863.63, prepresenting 45 per cent of the estimated cost of the project. The balance, $135,000, or 55 per cent, is to be furnished by the county, $100,000 by a bond issue, $10,500 now on hand as proceeds from the sale of the old county jail, and $25,000 to be received as a minimum bid for purchase of the present courthouse site ... The plans and specifications for the new courthouse, completed by the office of Architect John Gaw Meem, provide for a building similar to the new municipal building".
  2. New Courthouse Is Accepted, The Santa Fe New Mexican, 29 November 1939, p.1: "The new Santa Fe county courthouse, on Grant Avenue, was formally accepted today by the board of country commissioners."
  3. Courthouse Dedication Takes Place Tomorrow, The Santa Fe New Mexican, 6 January 1940, p.1,3: "Milo H. Johnson, traveling engineer for the Public Works Administration, will deliver the principal address as Santa Fe's new $250,000 county courthouse, long a dream of officials and brought into reality within the past year, is officially dedicated to the public in ceremonies Sunday afternoon. Mr. Johnson will represent Regional PWA Directory George M. Bull of Fort Work, Texas, unable to be present for the ceremonies. ... Following the opening address by Governor Miles ... Mr. Johnson will then deliver the dedication address with Miguel Leyva, chairman of the board of county commissioners, accepting the structure from the PWA.