History of Springfield Murals - Springfield, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 06.360 W 072° 35.513
18T E 699109 N 4664351
Quick Description: The Springfield's history murals are installed in the Old Post Office in Springfield.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 10/19/2011 5:49:09 PM
Waymark Code: WMCWME
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Geojeepsters
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Long Description:

In 1937, a series of six murals depicting the history of Springfield by Umberto Romano. They were underwritten by the Federal Arts Project of the WPA. The murals were installed in the old Main Post Office in Springfield, which is now the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Office Building.

A plaque on the wall explains the origin the murals. It reads:

WPA Murals

The unique element of this lobby is a series of
six murals painted expressly for this building by
Umberto Romano, a native of Italy, who
received his early training in Springfield. He
attended both Howard Street School and
Central High School. Romano also received his
early art training in Springfield in local schools
and museums. He went on to become one of the
great American artists of the century.

The murals were finished and installed in 1937
and represent the history of Springfield over a
period of three hundred years. The murals were
underwritten by the Federal Arts Project of the
old WPA. This project was national in scope,
and employed artist to paint murals for public
buildings. Mr. Harry Andrews Wright, a local
historian, and Esther Forbes, a well-known
historical novelist, gave assistance to Mr.
Romano whose murals traced Springfield's
history from 1636 to 1936.

Project type: Mural/Painting

Date built or created: 1937

Location: State Office Building (Old Post Office)

City: Springfield, Massachusetts

Condition: Good upkeep with a little wear and tear

Website for additional information: Not listed

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