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WPA era artwork

Posted on: May 23, 2016

I’m sure everyone has heard of the WPA from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s term in office. It helped bring an end to the “Great Depression”. What I never knew until recently is that there was a lot of artwork done under the Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture. Most of this artwork was done in post offices and courthouses that the WPA built.  Some of these have been lost when the post offices were closed.  Some of them were transferred to museums.

There was an article back in 1999 in the Austin Chronicle that tells about this artwork.

I’ve recently started looking for these during my travels. Here are the ones I’ve found so far.

Brady

Brady

 

Anson

Anson

 

Eastland

Eastland

 

Clifton

Clifton

 

Farmersville

Farmersville

 

Lampasas

Lampasas

 

McKinney

McKinney

 

Sedro-Wooley (the only one not in the State of Texas)

Sedro-Wooley (the only one not in the State of Texas)

 

Mart

Mart

 

Teague

Teague

 

Seymour

Seymour

 

Mission

Mission

 

Gatesville

Gatesville

 

Quanah

Quanah

 

Hamilton

Hamilton

 

Longview

Longview

 

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

I recently tried to take pictures of some art in a foyer of a federal courthouse.  I was told a camera was not allowed.  I wonder if I just had a cellphone that took pictures if I could then do it?

A listing is online at Living New Deal, but this is not a complete listing. If you know of a WPA location not shown on the listing you can submit it and get it listed.

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