New Mexico New Deal Sites November 2018 - Photo #108 - Albuquerque State Fair Grounds

Photo: 11 November 2018
New Mexico State Fairgrounds: The Agriculture Building, built by the WPA in 1942[1].
  1. Kathryn A. Flynn, Public Art and Architecture in New Mexico 1933-1943, Sunstone Press (2012): "New Mexico State Fairgrounds Buildings: ... Other New Deal buildings at the fairgrounds include Fine Arts Building and the Bolack Building (Agriculture), both done in 1942. The latter building is on the State Register of Cultural Properties SRCP #1492. When built between 1936-1938, most residents felt 'it was too far out to attract exhibits and visitors — it was like an outpost in the desert and the now-famous Central Avenue Gate Tower was a most useless structure,' as noted in a State Fair document. Over 200 laborers laid a million or more adobes to construct the buildings including the grandstand, administration building, exhibit buildings and jockey room and moved 170,000 cubic yards of dirt for the racetrack."