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FDR Agency Funded Poughkeepsie School Project

Poughkeepsie's Violet Avenue School is among three schools in the region built by Franklin D. Roosevelt's PWA.
Poughkeepsie's Violet Avenue School is among three schools in the region built by Franklin D. Roosevelt's PWA. Photo Credit: Wikimedia

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Violet Avenue School in Poughkeepsie and two others, Hyde Park Elementary and Haviland Middle School in Hyde Park, were built within 1939 and 1940 via Franklin D. Roosevelt's Public Works Administration, according to a report by the Poughkeepsie Journal.

The PWA made contracts with independent construction firms to add more people to work on projects, Jeffrey Urbin, education specialist at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum told the Poughkeepsie Journal.

PWA projects made up about a third of all construction in the United States in 1933, and it funded about 34,000 projects from 1933-39, including the Lincoln Tunnel in New York, he told the Journal.

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