New Mexico New Deal Sites June 2019 - Photo #231 - Las Vegas: Former City Hall

Las Vegas NM 24 June 2019: The former Las Vegas Municipal Building at 717 Grand Avenue, built by the WPA 1939-40 from locally quarried stone; some furnishings in the museum, originally housed at the Chamber of Commerce, were made by young men enrolled in a National Youth Administration (NYA) workshop.[1,2,3]  The building was converted to other uses in 1965.
  1. Rough Riders Museum - Las Vegas NM, Living New Deal, accessed 15 July 2019.
  2. Las Vegas Municipal Building,, accessed 15 July 2019: "The Las Vegas Municipal Building was constructed as a WPA project beginning in 1939 and completed in 1940. The building was designed by Santa Fe architectural firm of Kruger & Clark in with elements of the Spanish Pueblo Revival style. The building was constructed of locally quarried stone as opposed to the more customary adobe and stucco. The project provided work for unemployed local workers. The building provided much needed space for city offices. The building was modified in 1965 to house museum and other offices. The building is now used for municipal courts and for the City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection."
  3. In New Mexico..., Albuquerque Journal, 2 January 1940, p.10: "The new municipal building in Las Vegas is nearing completion, and will be occupied next month. The structure will house Federal, state, and city organizations, which have been hard pressed for quarters. NYA woodwork will be used. The rustic type of hand-carved, cream-colored chairs, tables and wooden couches is expected to make the building one of Las Vegas' most attractive sites."
  4. Las Vegas New Mexico USA, undated booklet published by the City of Las Vegas, p.29: "City Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection, 727 Grand Ave (Built ca.1940)... Housed in a Works Project Administration ("WPA") structure built to serve as city hall, the City Museum provides a snapshot of life 1800s and 1900s."