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Benicia, CA New Deal Art

In the old State Capital Building, 115 West G Street, Benicia, CA on the second floor is a painting entitled “The Legend of El Diablo”. It is an oil painting on masonite done by Clarkson Dye (FAP/WPA Project #7754). It measures 42-1/4″ x 52-1/2″ and hangs in the second floor legislative meeting room. Originally this painting was installed at Mt. Diablo State Park, but was moved to the old State Capital Building after restoration.

New Deal/WPA Art in Benicia, California

“The Spanish are taking back the land and the settlers are leaving”*

Benicia was California’s State Capitol from 1853-1854. The Capitol Building originally was intended to be the City Hall for Benicia. However from 1853-54, the California State Legislature met here. Presently the building is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

*Thanks to Judy Fell and her mother for sending the painting’s inscription!