National Register of Historic Places in Tuolumne County
The Sonora Youth Center has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service.
The distinctive architecture of the log building...and its role in the social life of generations of Tuolumne County youth were among the criteria that led to the listing.
The Sonora Youth Center was built between 1940 and 1943 through a community effort that involved the donation of materials, funds and labor.... The National Youth Administration, a New Deal Program that put needy young people to work on public projects, paid the salaries of some of the young adults who helped build it....connecting the structure to an important era in American history.
The center has provided a meeting place for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and various other youth organizations. Though it is now used, in part, by the county as a storage area, the building is still used by various civic groups.
A designation by the National Register of Historic Places does not limit what a private landowner can do to a piece of property unless said property is located within an historic district enacted by local ordinance.
Adapted from a report in The Union Democrat, a Sonora newspaper, dated 16 November.
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