William Woollett was born in Albany, New York, in 1901. His family had a long involvement with architecture—William L. Woollett (1815-1874), William M. Woollett (1850-1880), and William Lee Woollett (1874-1955) practiced the craft. With the general lack of architectural commissions during the Great Depression in the early 1930s, William Woollett turned his attention to drawing four of America’s great engineering triumphs of the 1930s: the Hoover Dam, the Los Angeles Power Transmission Line, the All-American Canal, and the San Francisco Bay bridges. The Woollett Collection contains 22 signed prints from the Hoover Dam Project.
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