Post Number: 3
|Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 9:58 pm: || |
Does anyone know of buildings in Detroit that were built with WPA funds, or contained artwork from the program? I have been doing a bit of research on WPA funded projects in Detroit, but am coming up with very little- most of what I have been finding is in the burbs. Any help is most appreciated!
Post Number: 4120
|Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 10:26 pm: || |
No building in Michigan has more WPA funded artwork than the Broadhead Naval Armory, located on Jefferson... the first building east of Belle Isle's MacArthur Bridge.
Unfortunately the armory has been decommissioned, is closed, and is currently owned by the city of Detroit, with no plans for it currently.
Post Number: 425
|Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 10:51 pm: || |
In 1937 an artist named Walter Speck completed a mural in the union headquarters of the West Side Local 174, UAW that was located in the city of Detroit. Speck, who was versed in ceramic pottery and fine arts, was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 29th 1895. He was head of the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) arts program in Detroit, Michigan.
* The mural was completed in 1937 at West Side Local 174, UAW located at 2730 Maybury Grand in Detroit, Michigan.
* In 1954 the mural was moved to a new local building located at 6495 West Warren in Detroit, Michigan.
* In 2001 UAW Local 174 and UAW Local 157 merged. The mural was moved again and mounted on the wall behind the podium making it possible for all to view.
With this merger came a new name "The West Side Local 174." The local number remained 174 in honor of the first West Side Local 174 President Walter P. Reuther.
Over the years this priceless piece of labor art has seen it's fair share of cigarette smoke, water damage and sad to say, vandalism.
Post Number: 426
|Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 10:55 pm: || |
Many sidewalks constructed in Wayne County were also WPA funded projects. Most of the sidewalk layers were black Americans.
Post Number: 427
|Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 11:01 pm: || |
Here is a good link for you Aoife:
Post Number: 1497
|Posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 - 2:31 am: || |
Quozi, the Michigan Labor History Society is trying to raise funds to repair the mural at Local 174. It's very expensive though.
Post Number: 4
|Posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 - 8:38 am: || |
Thanks everyone- you are amazingly helpful!
I was wondering, did anyone attended a school that had murals in it? It seems as if there were supposedly many schools in the area that benefited from the Art program, like Grosse Pointe South and Royal Oak, but I have seen reference to murals in Detroit, and Dearborn, they just did not include the school names.
Post Number: 56
|Posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 - 9:10 am: || |
The Hamtramck Branch of the US Post Office has a couple of murals in it. I've always assumed they are WPA murals as I have seen the ones in the Clare Post Office branch and the Clare Middle school which are WPA murals and are similar in size.
Post Number: 2255
|Posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 - 11:11 am: || |
Post Number: 429
|Posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 - 11:21 am: || |
Citylover, your link yields an error. Try:
and search wpa detroit or whatever you desire.
Post Number: 2256
|Posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 - 12:43 pm: || |
Post Number: 12
|Posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 - 1:20 pm: || |
The Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant has WPA art work in it.It was going to be destroyed during an upgrade,but was saved by a city employee.Kate Quatrin was her name,she has since died.
The Ann Arbor Wastewater Treatment Plant has buildings from the 1930's .I don't know if they are WPA or some other program.They are slated to be torn down during the next upgrade.
27 years treating sewage in AA...