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Oregon, Illinois Post office

US Post Office
500 Washington Street
Oregon, Illinois

Most of the post office works of art were funded under the Treasury Department’s Section commissions. Those works that were created using TRAP funds are so indicated. Although the WPA funded the construction of post office buildings, the artwork was not WPA but was usually produced under the Section or TRAP programs.


The post office in Oregon, Illinois has a tempera on plaster mural done by David B. Cheskin entitled “The Pioneer and Democracy”.


It was installed in 1940 and originally cost $800.


The mural has been professionally restored and is in excellent condition, still located in the lobby.

Note: The Oregon Public Library is on the Historic Register! Architect brothers and local Eagle’s Nest Artist Colony members Irving and Allen Pond designed the 1908 building in the Arts and Crafts style with a gallery to showcase fine art.