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Skokie School Breinin Murals – Winnetka IL

Date added: August 15, 2021

The mural was painted in 1934 by Raymond Breinin, an artist hired by the Public Works Art Project. Soon after its completion, the mural became the subject of a political controversy and the school board voted to cover it.  The remnants… read more

Massac County Courthouse – Metropolis IL

Date added: October 16, 2019

The Massac County Courthouse in Metropolis is one of six New Deal county courthouses built by the New Deal.  It would have been funded by the Public Works Administration (PWA), not the WPA, as commonly thought. The design, by architect… read more

Jefferson County Courthouse – Mt. Vernon IL

Date added: October 15, 2019

The Jefferson County courthouse in Mt. Vernon IL was built with funds from the Public Works Administration (PWA) in 1939.  It is a three-story concrete structure in Moderne or Art Deco style, designed by architect William R. McCoy, who was… read more

Hamilton County Courthouse – McLeansboro IL

Date added: August 2, 2019

The Public Works Administration (PWA) provided the funds to build the Hamilton County Courthouse in 1938. The structure was designed in Art Deco/Moderne style by architect William McCoy, who was well-known in central Illinois at the time. Wikipedia makes the common… read more

Post Office Addition – Urbana IL

Date added: January 6, 2019

The historic former main post office building in downtown Urbana, Illinois received a rear addition in 1935, courtesy Treasury Department funds. The building, locates at 202 S Broadway Ave., houses multiple tenants, and still houses a post office: Urbana’s Downtown… read more

Street Paving – Wilmette IL

Date added: July 24, 2018

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) relayed the red vitrified brick street pavement at an unknown date on Crescent Place and Woodbine Avenue in Wilmette, Illinois. An embedded marker reads “Relayed by WPA.”

Fire Station – Galena IL

Date added: February 26, 2018

“Galena wanted better fire protection. They also began efforts to get the federal government to build the new station. They would ultimately be successful … The WPA (Works Progress Administration) began construction on the fire station in 1940.”

Municipal Swimming Pool – Galena IL

Date added: February 26, 2018

“Galena wanted better fire protection. They also began efforts to get the federal government to build the new station. They would ultimately be successful, the government having already built a new public swimming pool for the community…”

Mark Twain Memorial Bridge (demolished) – Hannibal MO to IL

Date added: February 15, 2018

The former Mark Twain Memorial Bridge, spanning the Mississippi River between Hannibal, Missouri and Illinois, was constructed as a Public Works Administration (P.W.A.) project. A preserved portion of the old Mark Twain Memorial Bridge remains on the west bank of the… read more

Macon County Courthouse – Decatur IL

Date added: December 24, 2017

The historic, Art Deco, Macon County Courthouse (a.k.a. Macon County Building) in Decatur, Illinois was constructed as a New Deal project with the assistance of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds.

Federal Building Sculptures – Peoria IL

Date added: November 4, 2017

The southern face of the federal building in Peoria, Illinois, features four limestone sculptures: “Postal Service,” “Agriculture,” Industry,” and “Native Indian.” Commissioned by the Treasury Section of Fine Arts, Freeman Schoolcraft completed the sculptures in 1939.

Post Office – Monticello IL

Date added: November 3, 2017

The historic post office in Monticello, Illinois was constructed in 1934 with federal Treasury Department funds. The building is still in service.

Village Hall (former Post Office) – Morton IL

Date added: November 1, 2017

Morton’s historic former post office building was constructed in 1937 with federal Treasury Department funds. The building, which housed an example of New Deal artwork (since relocated), served as a post office until the 1970s. It now serves as the… read more

Post Office Bas Relief – Morton IL

Date added: November 1, 2017

The cast stone bas relief, “Spirit of Communication,” was created for the former Morton, Illinois post office at the time of its completion. The work was completed in 1939 byCharles Umlauf. It was relocated, along with postal operations, to a new facility (the… read more