New Deal in Mississippi: Eupora Community Center

Eupora Community House was built circa 1938, and is conjectured to have been built with Works Progress Administration (WPA) labor (Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Historic Resources Inventory database; David Preziosi, n. d.).

The first known access to a public library in Webster County occurred during the WPA era, when a library was set up in one of the upstairs rooms of the courthouse in Walthall, MS….The library project was liquidated after 8 months, with the books being given to the local schools.

In 1966, the Eupora Jaycees began the process of organizing a library…A room in the Community House was designated for the library. (Tombigbee Regional Library System)

Community house front elevationFrom the nomination form for the Eupora Historic district, National Register of Historic Places (David Preziosi, n.d., form accepted 2011):

…stone veneer facade…one-story, stone and brick…

front entrance

Partial-width, front facing gable roof projecting entry porch is supported by a brick arch.  The main entry door under the porch is metal clad wood with nine lights over two projecting panels. 

Community House 2

…brick quoining on the corners with stone on the main portion of the facade.

chimney

…one internal chimney and one end chimney…

How many of you lived in communities with WPA constructed community houses?  What uses did they serve in your communities then, and how are they being used now?  Did your community have one and it was later demolished?



Categories: Eupora, Historic Preservation, New Deal

6 replies

  1. There’s a breathtaking log community house in Carrollton; I believe it’s WPA. Carrollton folks, is this correct?

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  2. Mississippi Department of Archives and History lists a community house in Carrollton built by WPA. It is on my list of those to see–a total of nine others in the state.

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