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Canfield in Mahoning County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Canfield WPA Memorial Building

 
 
Canfield WPA Memorial Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, March 27, 2011
1. Canfield WPA Memorial Building Marker
Side A
Inscription. (side A)
The Canfield WPA Memorial Building was constructed by the Works Progress Administration, a federal government program instituted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as an effort to aid the United States in its recovery from the Great Depression of the late 1920s and 1930s. Local merchant Arron Weisner donated lands on the west side of Broad Street for the proposed project. A six member committee, comprised of two persons each representing the Argus Masonic Lodge, the American Legion, and the Village of Canfield, determined that the building be "a community building built around community projects." Through local subscription and $60,000 in federal funds, the WPA project moved forward. The Youngstown architectural firm of W.H. Cook and W. Canfield designed the building in the Colonial Revival style. A ground breaking ceremony was held on December 20, 1935. During World War II, the United States government maintained offices in the building.
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The WPA Memorial Building features exterior, hand cut sandstone details that were mined at the Dean Hill Quarry, located in Canfield. The first floor housed the George N. Boughton Library, a branch of the Reuben McMillan Free Library of Mahoning County and also included an auditorium,
Canfield WPA Memorial Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, March 27, 2011
2. Canfield WPA Memorial Building Marker
Side B
with a stage and seating for three hundred people. Its design was to accommodate community activities, the "Canfield Players," and the "Roxy" movie theatre. The admission charge to the movie was fourteen cents. A large meeting hall with kitchen facilities on the second floor was occupied by the American Legion Post 177 and the Ladies Auxiliary. The Argus Masonic Lodge designed the spacious third floor level with elaborate amenities that included hand painted wall murals by local artist Ralph Ellis. The basement level featured recreational facilities for the youth of Canfield. By 1978, the building was in major disrepair. The building has since been purchased by private investors and restored.
 
Erected 2007 by Canfield Historical Society, Vilage Green Associates, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 23-50.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
 
Location. 41° 1.342′ N, 80° 45.665′ W. Marker is in Canfield, Ohio, in Mahoning County. Marker is on South Broad Street north of Court Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 132 South Broad Street, Canfield OH 44406, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Canfield WPA Memorial Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, March 27, 2011
3. Canfield WPA Memorial Building and Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Mahoning County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (within shouting distance of this marker); Canfield Christian Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Canfield Congregational Church / Canfield United Methodist Church (about 600 feet away); Canfield Green (about 600 feet away); The Mahoning Dispatch Building (about 700 feet away); Canfield Township Hall (about 700 feet away); Canfield War Vet Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Canfield.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 440 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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