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WPA Home Survey: Allegheny County, PA

The WPA Home Survey project was compiled in 1936 & 1937 by the Works Progress Administration using architects, surveyors, draftsmen and others with skills for this type of work. An example of a record of such a WPA survey can be seen below, for a home in Sewickley, PA.

The WPA inspected every home in Allegheny County, apparently for the County Assessment Board, and compiled the following information for each property:

WPA Survey - Front of Page

The front side of the page (pictured above) records the building number, street, stories, type bldg., construction material, number of rooms, baths, floors, heat, age, roof, plumbing, plaster, interior trim, condition, workmanship, basement size, laundry, sewer, rent value, special features, size, cubic construction, u. value, garage cars, const. material, size, condition, value, paved street, transportation factor, school factor, district trend, transition, lot size, solid ground, topography, acreage, a. tillable, owner, address and remarks.

The back side of the page (pictured above) includes a sketch of the home with a top view and a side view with dimensions made by a draftsman.

Request a Copy of a WPA Home Survey***

***NOTE: WPA Home Survey Records are not available for all municipalities and wards. Please check the list of available municipalities and wards at the bottom of this page to see what's available before requesting a copy of the record.

The WPGS Archives Committee will make copies of WPA home survey records which may be of interest. We will photocopy both sides of the page containing the information.

Cost:  3 addresses for $5

Please make check payable to WPGS. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped #10 envelope, include your email address (if you have one) and send to:

Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15213-4080
Attention: Archives Committee

Available Municipalities & Wards

The following is a list of the municipalities and wards for which WPA home survey records are available:

Pittsburgh: Wards 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 (f to y), 29, 30, 31, 32
McKeesport: Wards 1, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Avalon Aspinwall Bellevue
Ben Avon Blawnox Braddock
Brackenridge Brentwood Carnegie
Castle Shannon Chalfont Churchill
Cheswick Clairton City Coraopolis
Dravosburg Duquesne E. Deer
E. Pittsburgh Edgewood Elizabeth Boro
Elizabeth Twp Emsworth Forest Hills
Glassport Greentree Harmar
Harrison Haysville Heidelburg
Homestead Leetsdale Liberty
McDonald McKees Rocks Mifflin
Millvale Mt. Lebanon Mt. Oliver (Otilla-William)
Munhall Neville Island N. Braddock
Oakdale Oakmont Osborne (b to s)
Penn Pitcairin Port Vue
Rankin (o to t) Reserve Robinson
Ross Rosslyn Farms (a to t) Scott
Sewickley Sewickley Heights Sharpsburg
Springdale Boro Springdale Twp Stowe
Swissvale Tarentum Thornburg
Trafford Turtle Creek Verona
Versailles W. Elizabeth W. Homestead
West View Whitaker Wilkinsburg