Benjamin Franklin Middle School (former) Murals – Norwalk CT

Description

The former Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Norwalk, Connecticut houses two 15′ x 11′ oil on canvas murals by Harry Townsend, titled “Work, the Soul of Progress” and “Arrival of the First Settlers.” They were painted in 1938 for the building, then Norwalk’s newly completed high school, under the WPA’s Federal Art Project. They are located in the building’s auditorium.

Restoration Info: Property of City of Norwalk, CT, WPA Art Collection

This school has closed and it is now the Crystal Theatre.

Arrangements to see the murals can be made by calling the
Crystal Theatre at 203-847-4850.

Source notes

http://www.norwalktransit.com/ntd_murals.htm

Originally posted in the New Deal Art Registry: http://www.newdealartregistry.org/

Project originally submitted by Hans Johnson on December 28, 2014.

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Location Info


Flax Hill Road and Clay St.
Norwalk, CT 06854

Location notes: Auditorium

Coordinates: 41.098488, -73.424702

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