WPA Survey of Historic Houses Available Online Monday, September 14, 2009Posted by cslibweb in updates.
The Connecticut State Library is making photos and descriptions of Connecticut’s historic homes available online. Library staff members are working alphabetically through a list of the state’s 169 towns. Andover through Fairfield are currently available, with more towns coming online soon. As towns are completed, their local organizations and newspapers will be notified by the library.
Digitized materials include survey forms and photos from the Census of Old Buildings in Connecticut. Also known as “The WPA House Survey”, the project took place from 1934 through 1937 under the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.). The survey forms provide descriptions of nearly 5,000 buildings. Photographs were taken of most buildings and clipped to the survey forms. Some forms also include sketches of interior and/or exterior architectural details and a brief history of the building.
The project was recently featured in an article in the Cheshire Herald.