National Register of Historic Places in Carson City
The Carson City Civic Auditorium was designed by architect Lehman A. Ferris. The project was cooperatively financed by a municipal bond issue and the Public Works Administration on a 55/45 joint basis. The PWA was a federally-sponsored, depression-era relief program designed to provide work to the ranks of the unemployed, while also providing local communities with much-needed public facilities.
The monumentally-scaled Romanesque Revival style of the Carson City Civic Auditorium is unique to this community and rare the region and the state. The structure remains substantially unaltered and retains all significant aspects of its historical appearance and integrity.
The first known example of the Romanesque Revival in Nevada was the Federal Building in Carson City, designed by Treasury Architect M. E. Bell and completed in 1891. The Romanesque Revival style became increasingly popular with Nevada's architects between the two World Wars.
Source: NRHP Nomination Form
National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933
President Franklin Roosevelt came into office during the worst depression the nation had ever known. Fulfilling a campaign promise to put people to work, he instituted the New Deal to bring economic recovery to the depression-wrought country.
The National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA) of 1933 authorized the Public Works Administration (PWA) to provide jobs, stimulate business activity, and increase purchasing power through the construction of permanent and socially useful public works. The Federal Government and local city, county and state governments formed a working partnership resulting in the greatest single construction program in history.
PWA construction projects, in addition to providing employment for the skilled, generated a volume of jobs for the unskilled. The PWA provided loans and grants up to forty percent of the total cost of the project to states, and many other public bodies, including schools.
From 1933-1935, the PWA underwrote projects in 3,040 of the 3,073 counties in all forty-eight states. Of the 3.76 billion dollars of
the NIRA fund, 2.56 billion dollars was spent on 19,004 construction projects.
Narrative adapted in part from the NRHP nomination for Tulare Union High School Auditorium and Administration Building
dated 16 November 1999.
Narrative adapted in part from the NRHP nomination for Tulare Union High School Auditorium and Administration Building dated 16 November 1999.
Many buildings funded by the PWA have been recognized for their historic significance and architectural excellence. Among them are:
Federal Writers and Artists Projects in San Francisco
Gasquet Ranger Station
Mariposa County High School Auditorium
McClatchy Senior High School in Sacramento
Mountain View Adobe
Police Headquarters, Jail & Courts in San Diego
Butte Falls Ranger Station in Butte Falls
Dead Indian Soda Springs Shelter in Rogue River National Forest
Fish Lake Shelter in Rogue River National Forest
Gold Beach Ranger Station
Lake of the Woods Ranger Station in Fremont-Winema National Forest
Lithia Park in Ashland