Making its debut this evening is a new series by History Teacher Dena Capano’s students at Lynn Classical called, “A (Re) Vision of Lynn.”
This post is the first installment, preceded by a note from Capano.
A (Re) Vision of Lynn
By Lynn Classical High School Students
Over the past couple of weeks, students in my U.S. History classes researched Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects built in Lynn during the Great Depression as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s. They captured pictures of themselves in front of many notable Lynn attractions like Stone Tower, Fraser Field, and the sidewalks along Lynn Beach.
Taking a step further, students found a place in Lynn they believed could be improved and imagined Lynn received funding from a “New” New Deal. The following pictures are student “visions” for what could be built in Lynn in the future and will be part of a series in the coming weeks. Enjoy!
Lynn Classical High School
Now for the photos and captions, prepared by students (no particular order).
Brandon Von, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:
This is an empty lot right beside Lynn’s Central Post Office at 51 Willow St. A new building can be made here to provide jobs for the Lynn community. Standing in front is Tyler Pres(gray), Nhan Nguyen(blue), and myself(red). – Brandon Von
Here is (left to right) Ismael Aquino, Tyler Pres, and myself presenting the “CAUTION PLEASE USE HANDRAIL” at Lynn’s USPS Post Office. The post office was a part of FDR’s New Deal projects that assisted the unemployed acquire jobs during the Great Depression. – Brandon Von
Devyn Astuccio, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:
Here I stand in front of the main building at Gannon golf course in Lynn Massachusetts, where wpa workers built an 18 hole golf course. It could be said that the golf course brought Lynn together. – Devyn Astuccio
Across from Centre Street lies an empty lot, full of potential, yet abandoned for years. If there was a new deal in Lynn the lot would be a perfect fit for an indoor sports facility. The facility would not only employ many, but draw people into Lynn, give local teams a place to play, and promote exercise in youth; giving residents a nice place to play where they know others will be. – Devyn Astuccio
Dwayne Morales, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:
Here I stand at the site of Manning Field in Lynn, Massachusetts. Earlier in its time, Manning Field was actually known as “Manning Bowl.” Manning Bowl was a field where football, soccer, track and lacrosse games were held. Also, marching bands performed great performances. The site funded by the WPA (Works Progress Administration), lasted from November 24th, 1937 all the way up until 2004. Manning Bowl was then replaced by the site which is now there, Manning Field! – Dwayne Morales
This site is located right next to the dog park, right by the cemetery in Lynn. This area, instead of being abandoned, could be used for a children’s park, why? Well, because let’s say parents are interested in bringing their children and their dogs to the dog park, children would have an actual opportunity to have a blast as well! It would definitely keep them occupied while dogs are meeting new dogs and parents are busy conversating with other dog owners. If it were me personally, I’d love to enjoy a park while my dogs played! – Dwayne Morales
Irene Kamarinos, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:
I chose the old GE building. Since the site is abandoned, there are many opportunities to put it back into use. My idea was to build a planetarium. It would attract many visitors from all over while also leaving Lynn revenue. In addition, it would add to Lynn’s many attractions and like the WPA show how great things can be made and how they can last through the years. – Irene Kamarinos
In the picture above taken on 03/17/2016, I stand at Gannon Golf Course. This, as well as other sites in Lynn were built through the Works Progress Administration. Men were put to work to construct the course and were paid about $30 a week. Gannon is also known as “Happy Valley” because during construction, the 15th hole was the only hole not covered with trees, (as Gannon was built right in Lynn Woods) so someone mentioned the phrase “Happy Valley” and it came about. – Irene Kamarinos
Mercedes Trinidad, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:
The GE once employed more than 45,000 employees who worked in U.S. manufacturing before it was closed down. Now this space would be perfect for a cinema and small arcade to give the people of Lynn a place to go for entertainment and to give jobs for unemployed people. – Mercedes Trinidad
Here I stand at Manning Field, where there once stood Manning Bowl, built in 1938 by thousands of men and women from Lynn, MA. The Bowl was one of the many New Deals built in Lynn for the WPA. It was an opportunity to put unemployed people to work. The stadium was named after J. Fred Manning, who was a politician and served as the 39th Mayor of Lynn. – Mercedes Trinidad
Michelle Scuzzarella, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:
Here I stand at the site of Stone Tower on top of Burrill Hill. Stone Tower was built by workers employed by the WPA in 1936, and was used as a fire observation tower in Lynn Woods. – Michelle Scuzzarella
The vacant lot on Franklin Street has been out of use for some time. This lot could be used as a site for a new school to help spread the students of the city out so that our schools wouldn’t be so crowded. – Michelle Scuzzarella
Steven Patrie, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:
This empty lot on Federal St. in Lynn, Mass would be a perfect site if America was to create a “new” New Deal. There are many things that could be built at this lot such as a grocery store, a park, or maybe a movie theater. – Steven Patrie
Here I stand at Gannon Golf Course that was built in the early 1930’s as part of the New Deal projects. The construction of this course employed almost 1,500 people during a time when jobs were hard to find. – Steven Patrie
Towvary Pop, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:
Stay tuned for more…