Old Police and Fire Station Building under construction. Coral Gables, FloridaCoral Gables Public Safety Building
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Architect Phineas Paist designed the Coral Gables Public Safety Building, better known as the Old Police and Fire Station, in 1939. Constructed by the Works Progress Administration (often referred to as WPA), the building is one of two WPA buildings built in Coral Gables (see Coral Gables Woman’s Club). President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) created the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression of 1929-1941 to ease unemployment and stimulate the economy. WPA workers built the Public Safety Building with local oolitic limestone, also known as coral rock. Artisans carved high relief decorative ornamentation, such as a fireman’s head, on the Aragon side of the building. The Coral Gables Police and Fire Department moved into a new building in 1975. The City’s Public Works Department was housed there until the rehabilitation of the building started in 2006 and the department moved to another facility. Major construction on the building started in 2008. It now houses the Historical Resources Department of the City (2327 Salzedo Street, Second Floor) and rents space to a non-profit organization called The Coral Gables Museum (285 Aragon Avenue) that opened in 2010.
Caption on verso: "Public safety building, WPA 1935, Fire & Police Dept.
(Ownership) Coral Gables Historical Resources Department
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- Old Police and Fire Station Building under construction. Coral Gables, Florida,Coral Gables Public Safety Building. 1935. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://dpanther.fiu.edu/dpService/dpPurlService/purl/FI12121913/00001. (Accessed April 21, 2019.)
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- (1935) Old Police and Fire Station Building under construction. Coral Gables, Florida,Coral Gables Public Safety Building. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://dpanther.fiu.edu/dpService/dpPurlService/purl/FI12121913/00001
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- Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America <http://dpanther.fiu.edu/dpService/dpPurlService/purl/FI12121913/00001>.