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Seattle, WA New Deal Art

New Deal/WPA Art in Seattle,Washington – These Post Office murals were funded by the Section of Fine Arts under the Treasury Department and not the WPA.


Seattle – University Station, WA Post Office
“Historical Review of Education” – oil on canvas
by Jacob Elshin (1939)


Seattle – University Station, WA Post Office
“Present Day Education” – oil on canvas
by Jacob Elshin (1939)

Images courtesy of the USPS

Photographs taken by Colleen Jacox.

Due to renovations, the public entrance is now through the basement. The murals are located “upstairs” in what is now the work floor (the former lobby). Public access is limited, but possible with permission.

Reference Source:
Democratic Vistas: Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal
by Marlene Park & Gerald E. Markowitz

Thanks to Jimmy Emerson who contributed the photographs and location information!