Maple Street looking East from Summit Street

UTM: 18 0643013 E, 4926102 N 364 feet

L.L. McAllister
February 26, 1938

A.L. Bushey
October 15, 2006

This photo documents a street construction project completed in 1938 on Maple Street between Summit Street and S. Prospect Street, using money appropriated by the Works Progress Administration (WPA).  The project, listed as WPA project number 465-21-1-16, included 432 lineal feet and 1300 square yards of street bed.  This photograph illustrates a stage in the project after the completion of the excavation of two to three feet of frozen ground with hand tools and the street had been prepped for paving after being laid with a sand cushion, telford and crushed stone base.  Because the construction took place during the winter months and involved excavating substantial amounts of frozen ground, the cost of the project totaled $10, 007.50, much more than comparable projects completed in the same year.(1)

(1) 73rd Report, 193, 196.

The Alpha Gamma Rho House still stands at #216 S. Prospect Street and functions as a fraternity.  The two-story blue building that is also visible in this frame was built after World War Two, according to its current owner.
Historic Burlington Project
Depression Era Streetscapes: Old North End | Burlington 1890 | Burlington 1877 | Burlington 1869 | Burlington 1853 | Burlington 1830
Produced by University of Vermont Historic Preservation Program graduate students in HP 206 Researching Historic Structures and Sites - Prof. Thomas Visser - in collaboration with UVM Landscape Change Program
Historic images courtesy of University of Vermont Library Special Collections, Louis L. McAllister Photograph Collection