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New Deal/WPA Art in Oak Park, Illinois

Location

Artist

Title

Date

Medium

James Barrie Playground

unknown

“Peter Pan”

1938

oil on canvas

WPA

Louis Carroll Playground

unknown

“Alice in Wonderland”

1937

oil on canvas

WPA

William Hatch School
1000 N. Ridgeland

Mildred Waltrip

“Map of the World” and “Map of the Solar System”

1937

oil on canvas

WPA (“Map of the World” removed 1995)

William Hatch School
1000 N. Ridgeland

Mildred Waltrip

“American Characters”

1938

oil on canvas

WPA (removed 1995)

William Hatch School
1000 N. Ridgeland

Mildred Waltrip

“Historical Industrial Maps”

1938

oil on canvas

WPA

William Hatch School
1000 N. Ridgeland

John Winters

“Animals”

n.d.

glazed ceramic tiles

WPA

Hawthorne School
Cuyler & Washington

Karl Kelpe

“Early Farmers and Pioneers”

1936

oil on canvas

WPA

Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School
508 N. Kenilworth

Morris Topchevsky

“North American Children Working”

1936

oil on canvas

WPA

Irving School
Howard & Ridgeland

Hester M. Murray

“World of Children”

1936

oil on canvas

WPA

Lincoln School
Howard & Kenilworth

Malcolm E. Hackett

title uncertain: “Pre-Glacial Period or America” or “Episodes – American Scene”

1936

oil on canvas

WPA (removed 1941)

Lincoln School
Howard & Kenilworth

Andrene Kauffman

untitled

n.d.

wood relief

WPA

Lowell School
Homer & North Blvd.

Ethel Spears

“Child and Sports”

1937

oil on canvas

WPA

Horace Mann School
921 N. Kenilworth
Emmanuel Jacobson and Rolf Henricksen “Community Life of Oak Park in the Nineteenth Century” 1936 oil on canvas WPA
Oak Park Board of Education
960 North Blvd.
Mary Anderson Clark “Harvest” n.d. ceramic sculpture WPA
Oak Park Board of Education
960 North Blvd.
unknown “Making of Chinese Kite” n.d. oil on canvas WPA
Robert Louis Stevenson Playground
Lake & Lombard Ave.
unknown “Treasure Island” 1937 oil on canvas WPA
US Post Office
901 Lake Street
J. Theodore Johnson “LaSalle’s Search for Tonti,” “Founding of Ft. Crevecoeur,” “The Pioneer – 1848,” and “The Osceola” 1939 oil on canva Section

Lincoln School


Wood carving by Andrene Kauffman (designer); C. Sveo (carver).


There are four
oil on canvas panels
installed in the
Oak Park, IL
Post Office.


The series is entitled
“History of Chicago”
and was completed
in 1939.


The artist was
J. Theodore Johnson
who was born
on November 7, 1902
in Oregon, IL.


Johnson also did USPO murals
in Garden City, NY
and Morgan Park, IL.

Images courtesy of the USPS