Phoebus Fire Department / Town Hall building, 1938: Fire Department at
left, Town Hall to the right. After Phoebus was
incorporated into the city of Hampton
in 1952, the fire department
expanded into to the town hall section.
“The federal government used the potential for a European war, the
Civilian Conservation Corps, and Works Progress Administration programs to
provide unemployment relief and to improve public facilities. Additional
buildings were constructed at the [Hampton] Old Soldier's Home, which was
made a part of a new agency - the Veterans Administration. Additional
barracks, quarters, and training buildings were erected at both Fort Monroe
and at Langley Field. The federal government also constructed a new post
office in Phoebus, the Phoebus Firehouse and Town Hall, and the Phoebus
School, all in the late 1930s.” Living New Deal
Kalish says “I think I was able to trace it to the P.W.A., which
undertook a “MUNIC IMP
project in Phoebus beginning in 1938, the year that cornerstone was
- Del Sordo, Stephen, Historic
Structures of City of Hampton, Virginia,
Submitted to Virginia Department of Historic Resources,
April 2008. Accessed at dhr.virginia.gov, June 1, 2017.
Works Administration Dockets 1934-1939 p.120 (top line, docket number
W1074), January 3, 1940.
Photos by George and Connie Gilmer, taken May-August 2017.