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WPA Art / Post Office Art In New York Most of the Post Office works of art were funded through commissions under the Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture (later known as The Section of Fine Arts) and not the WPA.

“Often mistaken for WPA art, post office murals were actually executed by artists working for the Section of Fine Arts. Commonly known as “the Section,” it was established in 1934 and administered by the Procurement Division of the Treasury Department. Headed by Edward Bruce, a former lawyer, businessman, and artist, the Section’s main function was to select art of high quality to decorate public buildings if the funding was available. By providing decoration in public buildings, the art was made accessible to all people.” from “Articles from EnRoute : Off The Wall: New Deal Post Office Murals” by Patricia Raynor

Unless indicated, works of art are located in the US Post Office building.

Location Artist Title Date Medium
Akron Elizabeth Logan “Horse-Drawn Railroad” 1941 tempera
Albion Judson Smith “Along the Barge Canal” 1939 oil on canvas
Amsterdam Henry Schnakenberg “Departure of a Packet Boat” and “Sir William Johnson Conferring with the Indians” 1939 oil on canvas
Angola Leopold F. Scholz “A Pioneer Woman’s Bravery” 1940 cast stone relief
Attica Thomas Donnelly “Fall in the Genesse Country” 1938 oil on canvas
Baldwinsville Paul Weller “Gateway to the West” 1941 oil on canvas
Bay Shore Wheeler Williams “Speed” 1936 sculpture
Beacon Charles Rosen (Clarence Bolton, Assistant) maps with views of mid-Hudson region 1937 oil on canvas
(funded by TRAP)
Binghamton Kenneth Washburn “Communication” 1938 oil on canvas
(panels on all four walls)
Boonville Suzanne and Lucerne McCullough “The Black River Canal – 1845″ 1939 oil on canvas
Bronxville John Sloan “The Arrival of the First Mail in Bronxville, 1846″ 1939 oil on canvas
Canajoharie Anatol Shulkin “Invention of a Paper Bag in Canajoharie” 1942 oil on canvas
Canastota Alison Mason Kingsbury “The Onion Fields” 1942 tempera on canvas
Canton Berta Margoulies “Stillman Foote Acquires Homestead of John Harrington” 1939 painted plaster relief
Clyde Thomas Donnelly “Apple Pickers” 1941 oil on canvas
Cooperstown Victor Salvatore figures of James Fenimore Cooper, Natty Bumppo, and Chief Chingachgook no date bronze reliefs
(funded by TRAP)
Cortland Ryah Ludins “Valley of the Seven Hills” 1943 painted wood relief
Delhi Mary Earley “Down-Rent War, around 1845″ 1940 mural
Delmar Sol Wilson “The Indian Ladder” 1940 oil on canvas
Depew Anne Poor “Beginning of the Day” 1941 oil on canvas
Dolgeville James Michael Newell “Underground Railroad” 1940 fresco
East Rochester Bernard Gussow “Recreation Hours” 1938 oil on canvas
(in storage)
Ellenville Louis Bouche “Establishment of First Post Office in Ellenville in 1823″ 1942 oil on canvas
Endicott S. Douglass Crockwell “Endicott, 1901 – Excavating for the Ideal Factory” 1938 oil on canvas
Fairport Henry Van Wolf “The Harvest” 1939 bronze relief
Fort Edward George A. Picken “Lock on the Champlain Canal, Fort Edward” 1938 oil on canvas
Frankfort Albert Wein “Growth” 1942 wood relief
Fredonia Arnold Blanch harvest scene 1937 oil on canvas
Freeport William Gropper winter scene and loading mail onto airplane 1938 oil on canvas
(funded by TRAP)
Fulton Caroline s. Rohland “Father LeMoyne Trying to Convert the Indians on Pathfinders Island” 1942 oil on canvas
Garden City J. Theodore Johnson “Huckleberry Frolic” 1937 oil on canvas
Geneva Theodore C. Barbarossa (Rudolph Henn, Giuseppe Bartoli, and Dominic LaSalle, Assistants) “Industry,” “Education,” “Eagle,” “Aviation,” and “Agriculture” 1938 cast stone reliefs
(funded by TRAP)
Geneva Peter Blume “Vineyard” 1942 oil on canvas
Goshen Georgina Klitgaard “The Hambletonian Stake” 1937 oil on canvas
Great Neck Gaetano Cecere American eagle and thirteen stars 1940 sunken relief
Hamilton Humbert Albrizio “The Messengers” 1938 relief
Harrison Harold Goodwin “Early Days of the Automobile” 1941 oil on canvas
Hempstead Peppino Mangravite scene of settlement of Hempstead and arrival of British dirigible R.34 with the first air mail in 1919 1937 oil on canvas
(funded by TRAP)
Homer Frank Romanelli “Albany Street Bridge” 1940 oil on canvas
Honeoye Falls Stuart Edie “The Life of the Senecas” 1942 oil on canvas
Hudson Vincent Glinsky (Leo Schulemowitz, Assistant) “Evolution of Transportation” 1934 five cast stone reliefs
(funded by TRAP)
Hudson Falls George A. Picken (Ludwig Mactarian, Assistant) “Scenes and Activities of Hudson” 1937 oil on canvas
(funded by TRAP)
Huntington
(located at 174 W. Carver St. now a commercial building)
Paul C. Chapman “Huntington Harbor” 1939 oil on canvas
Hyde Park Olin Dows “Professions and Industries of Hyde Park” 1941 oil on canvas
(panels on all four walls)
Ilion Edmond R. Amateis “Eliphalet Remington” 1937 relief
Johnson City Frederick Knight scenes of post service, local industries, and other activities typical of the community 1937 mural
(funded by TRAP)
Lake George Judson Smith “Lake George” 1942 oil on canvas
Lake Placid Henry Billings five scenes of winter sports 1937 oil on canvas
Lancaster Arthur Getz “Early Commerce in the Erie Canal Region” 1940 oil on canvas
Long Beach Jon Corbino “The Pleasures of the Bathing Beach” 1939 oil on canvas
Lowville Helen Wilson “Joy in the Earth” 1942 terra-cotta relief
Middleburg Mary Earley “Dance of the Hop Pickers” 1941 oil and tempera
Middleport Marianne Appel “Rural Highway” 1941 oil on canvas
Moravia Kenneth Washburn Jethro Wood making the first successful all-metal plough in 1819 in Moravia 1942 terra-cotta relief
Mount Kisco Thomas Donnelly “Indian Cornfield” and “Mount Kisco in 1850″ 1936 oil on canvas
(funded by TRAP)
New Rochelle David Hutchison “The Huguenots Lay the Foundations of the City of New Rochelle,” “John Pell Receives Partial Payment for 6,000 Acres,” and “The Post Rider Brings News of the Battle of Lexington” 1940 oil on canvas
New York City,
The Bronx, Bronx Central Post Office
Henry Kreis “The Letter” 1938 limestone facade
New York City,
The Bronx, Bronx Central Post Office
Charles Rudy “Noah” 1938 limestone facade
New York City,
The Bronx, Bronx Central Post Office
Ben Shahn and Bernarda Bryson “Resources of America” 1939 tempera(thirteen panels)
New York City,
The Bronx, Wakefield Branch
Irving A. Block and Abraham Lishinsky “Washington and the Battle of the Bronx” 1942 oil on canvas
New York City, Manhattan, Canal Street Post Office Wheeler Williams “Indian Bowman” 1938 terra-cotta relief
New York City, Manhattan, Custom House Reginald March eight New York Harbor scenes and eight grisaille portraits of great navigators 1936-37 fresco secco
(funded by TRAP)
New York City, Manhattan, General Post Office Louis Lozowick (Joseph Kaplan, Assistant) “The Triborough Bridge in Process of Construction” and “Sky Line and Waterfront Traffice as Seen from Manhattan Bridge” no date oil on canvas
(funded by TRAP)
New York City, Manhattan, Madison Square Post Office Edmond R. Amateis and Louis Slobodkin “Communication” 1937 bronze, facade (five reliefs)
New York City, Manhattan, Madison Square Post Office Kindred McLeary “Scenes of New York” 1937-39 tempera on plaster, eight panels
New York City, Manhattan, Old Chelsea Post Office Paul Fiene “Deer” and “Bears” 1938 cast stone with silver leaf finish
New York City, Queens,Forest Hills Station Sten Jacobson “Spirit of Communication” 1938 terra-cotta relief
New York City, Queens, Jackson Heights Station Peppino Mangravite “Development of Jackson Heights” 1940 oil on canvas
New York City, Queens, Wood Haven Station Ben Shahn “The First Amendment” 1941 mural
Nyack Jacob Getlar Smith (Jacob Peltzman, Assistant) scenes of local history in the colonial period 1936 mural
(funded by TRAP)
Orchard Park Francis P. De Luna “In the Park” 1943 walnut relief
Oxford Mordi Gassner “Family Reunion on Clark Island, Spring 1791″ 1941 tempera
Oyster Bay Leo Lentelli “Asia America 1858-1919″ and “Africa Oceania 1904-1936″ 1936 terra-cotta reliefs
(funded by TRAP) -
above interior doorways
Oyster Bay Leo Lentelli bust of Theodore Roosevelt 1936 terra-cotta
(funded by TRAP)
Oyster Bay Ernest Peixotto (Arthur Sturges, Assistant) scenes of local history 1937 fresco
(funded by TRAP) – five panels over doors
Oyster Bay Abell Sturges allegory of North America receiving mail from world 1936 fresco
(funded by TRAP) – ceiling
Painted Post Amy Jones “Recording the Victory” 1939 oil on canvas
Port Chester Domenico Mortellito (Gustavo Cenci, Assistant) nine lunettes depicting occupations and four arched panels – dock workers, tool and die workers, Life Savers Building, and millowners 1936 oil on canvas
(fund by TRAP)
Port Washington Harry S. Lane “Lighthouse,” ”Sailing,” and “Landscape” 1937 oil on canvas
(fund by TRAP)
Poughkeepsie Gerald Foster “Scene in Poughkeepsie – 1750,” “Ratification of the Constitution – 1788,” and “Indian Resting Spot – 1690″ 1938 tempera
Poughkeepsie Georgina Klitgaard “View of Poughkeepsie from River” 1940 tempera
Poughkeepsie Charles Rosen “Contemporary View of Poughkeepsie from River” 1940 tempera
Rhinebeck Olin Dows scenes of local history 1940 oil on canvas
Richfield Springs John W. Taylor local landscape 1942 oil on canvas
Rockville Center Victor White scenes of local history 1939 oil on canvas – four panels
Rome Wendell Jones “Barn Raising” 1942 oil on canvas
Rye Guy Pene du Bois “John Jay at His Home” 1938 oil on canvas
Saint Johnsville Jirayr H. Zorthian three periods in the development of the Mohawk Valley 1940 oil on canvas
Saratoga Springs Guy Pene du Bois “Saratoga in Racing Season” 1937 oil on canvas (funded by TRAP) – two panels
Scarsdale Gordon Samstag “Caleb Heathcote Buys the Richbell Farm” and “Law and Order in Old Scarsdale Manor” 1940 oil on canvas
Scotia Amy Jones “The Glen Family Spared by French and Indians – 1690″ 1941 tempera
Spring Valley Stephen Etnier “Waiting for the Mail” 1938 oil on canvas
Springville Victoria Hutson Huntley “Fiddler’s Green” 1938 oil on canvas
Suffern Elliott Means “Communication” 1937 plaster relief
Ticonderoga Frederick Massa “Exhortation of Ethan Allen” 1940 oil on canvas
Tonawanda Symeon Shimin contemporary Tonawanda 1943 fresco (destroyed)
Troy Waldo Peirce “Rip Van Winkle” and “Legends of the Hudson” 1939 oil on canvas
Wappingers Falls Henry Billings first mill on Wappingers Creek in 1780 and textile mills in Wappingers Falls in 1880 1940 oil/walnut
Waverly Musa McKim “Spanish Hill and the Early Inhabitants of the Vicinity” 1939 oil on canvas
Westhampton Beach Sol Wilson “Outdoor Sports” 1942 oil on canvas
Whitehall Axel Horn “Settlement of Skenesborough” 1940 oil on canvas

All mural images depicted on this site are used with permission of the United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.

Bellmore, NY – W. C. Mepham High School

Bronx, NY

The Living SchoolBook - links to New York WPA art.

Farmingdale – New York State Institute of Applied Agriculture at Farmingdale (now Farmingdale State University of New York, 2350 Broadhollow Road) – 4 oil on canvas murals by Frederick Marshall on walls of staircases (1936) – 2 in Cutler Hall; 2 in Hicks Hall (source: “The Legacy of New Deal Art on Long Island,” by Natalie A. Naylor, Long Island Historical Journal, Fall 2004/Spring 2005, Vol. 17, No. 1-2.

Floral Park – Sewanhaka Central High School, 500 Tulip Avenue, in cafeteria on the third floor. 2 oil on canvas murals by Frederick Marshall of Indian scenes (1937) (source: “The Legacy of New Deal Art on Long Island,” by Natalie A. Naylor, Long Island Historical Journal, Fall 2004/Spring 2005, Vol. 17, No. 1-2.

Harlem, NY – Harlem Hospital was home to several WPA murals. There are photos available at the New Deal Network (Harlem Hospital). One of those photos shows Georgette Seebrooks working on her Harlem Hospital mural. There is additional information at The Living SchoolBook Harlem page.

Hastings on Hudson, NY – there is a WPA mural in the the Hastings on Hudson Middle School (formerly the High School) at 27 Farragut Avenue, entitled “Westward Ho!” by Jack A Warren. The mural is oil on canvas and measures 6′ x 30′, installed in 1936. Warren is noted for his co-creation of “Pecos Bill” which he cartooned in syndication with the original author of “Pecos Bill,” Tex O’Reilley. The school is currently working with the Hastings Historical Society for the mural to be restored and installed in new library.

Hempstead – Fire House, Southside Hose Company No. 2, Bernhard St. and Long Beach Rd. Six oil on canvas murals above dado around walls of the second floor meeting room, by Carl Noble (1938) (source: “The Legacy of New Deal Art on Long Island,” by Natalie A. Naylor, Long Island Historical Journal, Fall 2004/Spring 2005, Vol. 17, No. 1-2.

Hicksville - the WPA murals in the Hicksville High School (now the Junior High School), Jerusalem Avenue, auditorium, done by Joseph Allen Physioc, (1936).

Mineola – Nassau County Old Courthouse, now the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Avenue, upper foyer. Four oil on canavas murals by Robert Gaston Herbert (1937 and 1938) (source: “The Legacy of New Deal Art on Long Island,” by Natalie A. Naylor, Long Island Historical Journal, Fall 2004/Spring 2005, Vol. 17, No. 1-2.

Poughkeepsie, NY – the Post Office

Riker’s Island Penitentiary – Harold Lehman designed “Man’s Daily Bread,” a 20′x70′ mural that was placed in the cafeteria of Riker’s Island Penitentiary in New York City. This mural was destroyed sometime around 1962 when the warden at Riker’s Island Penitentiary ordered it to be pulled down. Riker’s Island Penitentiary is also home to the Anton Refregier’s WPA 1937 mural. These images of Refregier’s “Home & Family” mural can be accessed from the home page of the New York Correction History Society (NYCHS): www.correctionhistory.org (NYCHS images and NYC-TV images)

Roslyn Heights – originally in Roslyn High School auditorium. Six oil on canvas murals by Robert Gaston Herbert (1937) (source: “The Legacy of New Deal Art on Long Island,” by Natalie A. Naylor, Long Island Historical Journal, Fall 2004/Spring 2005, Vol. 17, No. 1-2.

Westchester - two wood carvings done under the supervision of Salvatore Aucello have been found.

Yaphank – originally in Suffolk Home, later the Infirmary, now a county office building, 300 Yaphank Avenue, auditorium. Two oil on canvas murals by Robert Gaston Herbert (1939) (source: “The Legacy of New Deal Art on Long Island,” by Natalie A. Naylor, Long Island Historical Journal, Fall 2004/Spring 2005, Vol. 17, No. 1-2.