A few weeks ago, I began working with the Living New Deal project, University of California-Berkeley. It's an impressive project to document every example of New Deal projects ever completed, in all communities. Many books and journal articles and magazine articles and even a few websites have been published about particular projects, states, or regions. Living New Deal is the first to attempt to map them all in one place, easily accessible to people.
In addition to that laudable goal, the second objective is to demonstrate how we are benefitting every single day from the results of a 12 year investment by our government in our nation's infrastructure. And, while I knew it was a massive project when it was developed in response to the extensive unemployment that resulted with the Great Depression, I had no idea of just how big it was until I began working on this. Now, I never pass the opportunity to find out what New Deal projects are in the communities in which I find myself.
Lauderdalecourts.com). It was built in 1938 in the Colonial Revival style, and was "designed to promote a sense of community" with its centralized mall and courtyard. It is in that courtyard that a young Elvis Presley gave his first "concerts" to his neighbors. The Presley family lived there from 1949-1953, when a temporary increase in wages left them ineligible.
National Register of Historic Places, and renovated for rehabitation.
The original 19th century Market Square "slums" were demolished to build the Lauderdale Courts. Other projects were Dixie Homes, Lamar Terrace, William H. Foote, and LeMoyne Gardens, all of which displaced individuals who were living in the area--albeit in substandard housing with no plumbing or electricity and in a swamp.
The chief architect was J. Frazer Smith, assisted by Anker Hansen, Walk C. Jones, Sr., and Edwin B. Phillips; Engineers were Gardner & Howe, and Harry B. Hunter; landscape architect John F. Highberger; mechanical engineer Robert M. Hoshall (Judith Johnson, The Art of Architecture: Modernism in Memphis 1890-1950, memphisheritage.org). The one, two, and three story group homes contained 66 buildings, 449 units, and had two, three, four, and five bedroom apartments.