New Mexico New Deal Sites June 2019 - Photo #192 - Santa Fe: Former Municipal Building / Current Public Library

Santa Fe NM 18 June 2019: The former Santa Fe Municipal Building which housed the city hall, a fire station, and a jail, was designed by architect John Gaw Meem and built with PWA financing. Located at 145 Washington Avenue, it now houses the Santa Fe Public Library, which moved to this location in 1987 from what is now the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library across the street[3].
  1. Kathryn A. Flynn, Public Art and Architecture in New Mexico 1933-1943: A guide to the New Deal Legacy, Sunstone Press (2012), p.117.
  2. Santa Fe's New Municpal Building To Be Formally Dedicated Tomorrow, The Santa Fe New Mexican, 30 October 1937, p.1: "Santa Fe's new $130,000 home of municpal government will be formally dedicated tomorrow... Archbishop R.A. Gerken, Gov. Clyde Tingley, ..., State PWA Administrator E.H. Oakley ... are on the program for addresses... The new city hall was erected as a Public Works Administration program, the federal government contributing $54,000 to match $75,000 subscribed by Santa Fe voters in a bond issue... Plans and specifications of the building were prepared by John Gaw Meem..."
  3. Elizabeth West, Santa Fe: 400 Years, 400 Questions, Sunstone Press (2012), p.295.