New Mexico New Deal Sites June 2019 - Photo #162 - Santa Fe: New Mexico School for the Deaf

Photo from the Albuquerque Journal, 12 Sep 1937, p.10, caption: "One of the striking buildings of the New Mexico School for the Deaf, at Santa Fe. In this building, constructed with a $65,000 PWA allotment, the deaf youngsters learn trades by which they can make their own living when school days are over." There was no accompanying article. By comparing this photo with National Register #88001560[1], I see it is Building Number 2, architect: Gordon F. Street; it is described as a multi-function school building to include administration, classrooms and resident teacher quarters, built "using WPA funds", but this probably should be "using PWA funds" since I have found no evidence of WPA involvement at NMSD. In every case, PWA funds were used to hire contractors.
  1. National Register Digital Asset, National Park Service, NPGallery Digital Asset Management System website, National Register Information System ID: 88001560, accessed 14 July 2019: "The School Building Number 2 is significant because it was the second building constructed under a program to modernize the institution, it was a WPA project, and Gordon Street was the architect. This building is one of six constructed in the late 1930's using WPA funds." In reality six buildings were constructed (and one renovated) with PWA funds.
  2. National Register of Historic Places Continuation Sheet, National Park Service, 8 August 1988. This is a legible, searchable PDF of the form "thumbnail" that appears in [1].