Thursday, April 16, 2009

Works Progress Administration

I had a little business to attend to this morning at the County Administration Building. While taking care of my business, I learned a little bit about this building & fountain. It was begun as part of the Works Progress Administration, by Roosevelt. The fountain was created thanks to the Federal Art Project of the WPA. It occurred to me that as a subject, this fountain was appropriate for our current times.

A little sign inside told me that 15,000 San Diegans attended the ground-breaking ceremony in the 1930's. Quite an attendance!

As an aside, it is difficult to take photos around this building, what with all the security guards around.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way back in my radio days, I would drag a tape recorder to the Mayor's office (Then in that building)and a reporter would interview the then mayor, John Butler, for later broadcast. Those were the days.


Thu Apr 16, 12:03:00 PM PDT  
Blogger expat said...

We got married in the registrar's office there -- in the special room that had a webcam so our many computer-savvy friends in Europe could be silent witnesses.

Thu Apr 16, 01:27:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jacob said...

Very appropos! I expect we'll have some kind of similar programs in the not too distant future...maybe we can begin working on our own infrastructure for a change.

Thu Apr 16, 06:18:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Maggie said...

I'm really fond of that statue, and I am equally fond of the tiles that wrap around her base. Then again, I'm a little perverted and enjoy the banality of the WPA art results. Only in New York were there any abstractions, imagine.

Thanks for the note. I stop in every day now to see what new thing I can learn about my home town. :)

Thu Apr 16, 06:35:00 PM PDT  

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