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Ten New Towns Added To The WPA Architectural Survey Thursday, June 16, 2011

Posted by capittsley in digital collections, history, updates.
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A view of the front of a building built circa 1828 that is now owned by Wesleyan University. Fluted Corninthian columns grace the portico that leads to a massive front door. Leafy trees surround the building.

Wesleyan University building, circa 1828-1830

The Connecticut State Library has just added ten new towns to our online collection of historic homes from the WPA Architectural Survey, they are Mansfield, Marlborough, Meriden, Middlebury, Middlefield, Middletown, Milford, MonroeMontville and Morris.

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.

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