Main Post Office Murals – Arlington VA


“Auriel Bessemer’s seven New Deal-era murals, Agricultural and Industrial Scenes – Sketches of Virginia, have been reinstalled in their original home at the historic Joseph L. Fisher Post Office in Clarendon. This post office has served as the murals’ permanent home since the paintings were completed in 1940. The murals were commissioned by the Treasury Department’s Section of Fine Art in order to beautify Arlington’s first federal building. Local artist, Auriel Bessemer, was paid $800 to paint images emblematic of national ideals and local history. By showing familiar, local destinations, such as Great Falls and Roosevelt Island, Bessemer contributed to a sense of local pride. During the recent renovation of this post office, the murals were conserved and the United States Postal Service loaned the murals to Arlington County for an 18-month exhibition at Arlington’s Central Library.

Now that the post office is renovated and open for business (as of March 26, 2007), the murals have been returned to their permanent home.”   (

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Originally posted in the New Deal Art Registry:
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3118 Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22210

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Coordinates: 38.885805, -77.095366

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