WPA Provides Money for Zoo Buildings

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The Works Progress Administration building program makes $1.3 million available for new buildings at the National Zoological Park, including a new Reptile House, a wing on the Bird House, a Small Mammal House, a Central Heating Plant, and shops. Also the Public Works of Art Project and the Treasury Relief Art Project provide artists to decorate zoo enclosures.


  • Public Works of Art Project)
  • Treasury Relief Art Project
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Works Progress Administration (WPA)
  • Small Mammal House
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.) Reptile House
  • Bird House (NZP)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Mergen, Alexa. From Bison to Biopark: 100 Years of the National Zoo. Washington, D.C.: Friends of the National Zoo, 1989.
  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 60.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


  • 1930
  • 1929


  • Architecture
  • Depressions
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Construction (Buildings)
  • Buildings

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