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The Art & Architecture of the New Deal in San Francisco

Detail of a New Deal artwork

In the depths of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt promised the American people a “New Deal.” Over the decade 1933-43, a constellation of federally sponsored programs put millions of jobless Americans back to work and helped to revive a moribund economy. The result was a rich landscape of public works across the nation, often of outstanding beauty, utility and craftsmanship.

The Living New Deal is a UC Berkeley-based initiative dedicated to inventorying and mapping these works. It has created a guide to the Art and Architecture of the New Deal in San Francisco, a pocket map and guide to 18 spectacular New Deal sites in the city. Join us and geographer Gray Brechin as he discusses the impact of the New Deal on San Francisco and introduces the new map.

Photograph of Gray BrechinDr. Gray Brechin is an historical geographer, the author of Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin, a frequent radio and television guest, a popular public speaker, and devoted Mechanics’ member. He is currently a visiting scholar in the U.C. Berkeley Department of Geography and founder and project scholar of the Living New Deal Project.

Activities

Admission: 
Mechanics' Institute Members Free
Living New Deal Members Free
Public $15
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Location: 
4th Floor Meeting Room
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Taryn Edwards - 415-393-0103
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Future Activities

Sep 28 - 11:00am

Teacherless Writing
A member-led writing group

Photographs of the panelists

Sep 28 - 6:00pm

Hallidie: The Man, the Building, & the Restoration
With Taryn Edwards, Rick Evans, and Bruce Albert

Oct 5 - 11:00am

Teacherless Writing
A member-led writing group

Photographs of the speakers

Oct 10 - 6:30pm

First Fiction: Ties that Bind
A Litquake Event