In 1934, Aurelius Battaglia painted two murals for the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood library, “Animal Circus” and “Animal Orchestra.” They occupy two reading alcoves off the Children’s Room to this day. Funding was provided by the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP), an early New Deal relief program for unemployed artists.
Later, Battaglia moved to California and joined Walt Disney, animating classics such as Dumbo, Pinocchio and Fantasia.
Mount Pleasant is a branch of the DC public library system. The lovely building was paid for by the Carnegie Foundation in 1903.
Project originally submitted by Peter Cizmadia on July 22, 2013.
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