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    Post Office, Portales, New Mexico, "Buffalo Range"

    Post Office Mural – Portales NM

    Date added: December 7, 2013; Modified: July 24, 2023

    The historic Portales post office houses an example of New Deal artwork: a 1938 Section of Fine Arts mural by Theodore Van Soelen entitled “Buffalo Range.”

    Roosevelt County Courthouse

    Roosevelt County Courthouse – Portales NM

    Date added: April 15, 2012; Modified: July 24, 2023

    Construction of the Roosevelt County Courthouse and Jail was undertaken as a New Deal project during the Great Depression. Sometimes mis-attributed to the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.), the building was actually a Public Works Administration (P.W.A.) project. The P.W.A. supplied… read more

    Lea Hall (ENMU) – Portales NM

    Date added: February 19, 2018; Modified: July 17, 2018

    ENMU’s Lea Hall was constructed as a New Deal project in 1936.  The Public Works Administration (P.W.A.) provided a $46,000 loan and $37,636 grant for the project, whose total cost was $85,034. P.W.A. Docket No. N.M. 7048

    Quay Hall (ENMU) – Portales NM

    Date added: February 19, 2018; Modified: July 17, 2018

    ENMU’s Quay Hall was constructed as a New Deal project in 1935-6. The Public Works Administration (PWA) provided a loan and a grant to cover most of the cost of the project.  

    Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) – Portales NM

    Date added: February 19, 2018; Modified: July 17, 2018

    Eastern New Mexico University saw great improvements resulting from the efforts and funding of multiple New Deal programs. The campus is home to several outstanding New Deal buildings and artworks.

    Roosevelt County Museum (ENMU) – Portales NM

    Date added: February 19, 2018; Modified: July 17, 2018

    The Roosevelt County Museum was established in 1940, and a home for it was funded and built by the Work Projects Administration (WPA). It is located at the northern end of the ENMU campus, off W 2nd St. In addition to… read more

    Golden Library (ENMU): Jonson Mural – Portales NM

    Date added: February 19, 2018; Modified: July 17, 2018

    The abstract mural titled “Science,” by Raymond Jonson, was funded by the WPA’s Federal Art Project. It is in ENMU’s Golden Library. Nearby, the university’s administration building houses this mural’s twin, titled “Art”. Flynn: They were planned as a pair, with the aim… read more

    "The 12th Chapter of Ecclesiastes"

    Administration Building (ENMU): Moylan Mural – Portales NM

    Date added: October 14, 2014; Modified: July 16, 2018

    “The 12th Chapter of Ecclesiastes” Medium: tempera on plaster The mural occupies a stairwell. All its components cannot be viewed at once. The following text is quoted from an informational postcard handout available on site: In 1937, the Work Projects… read more

    Golden Library (ENMU): Artwork – Portales NM

    Date added: February 19, 2018; Modified: February 25, 2018

    In addition to “Science,” a large New Deal mural, ENMU’s Golden library is the home of several smaller commissioned (“portable”) examples of New Deal paintings, including: Gene Kloss: “Penitente Friday” and “Acoma” Stuart Walker: “Black and White Sawmill” and “Abstract” Cady Wells: “Mesas”… read more

    Eastern New Mexico State Park (former) – Portales NM

    Date added: February 19, 2018; Modified: February 20, 2018

    The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) developed the former Eastern New Mexico State Park, occasionally referred to as “Blackwater Draw Park”, ca. 1934-6. Flynn: “This CCC-built site was originally created to reforest 9,600 acres of that Dust Bowl area. Later the state… read more

    City Park and Pool – Portales NM

    Date added: February 19, 2018

    The Portales City Park and swimming pool were constructed as New Deal projects, most likely by the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

    Post Office – Portales NM

    Date added: April 15, 2012; Modified: February 19, 2018

    The historic post office in Portales, New Mexico was built during the Great Depression as a federal Public Works Administration (PWA) project, in 1936-7. Construction of the building is sometimes mis-attributed to the WPA. The post office, which houses an example of New… read more

    Portales Woman’s Club – Portales NM

    Date added: February 19, 2018

    The Portales Woman’s Club building was constructed by the W.P.A. It is still in service, and may have housed examples of New Deal artwork in its early days.