Municipal Building - Price UT
The Public Works Administration (PWA) funded half the cost of the handsome Municipal Building in Price UT, constructed in 1938-39. The building includes city offices, a large auditorium and an enormous mural cycle by native son Lynn Fausett in the foyer of the auditorium.
The design is minimalist Neoclassical Moderne clad in desert-buff brick. The city offices have been completely altered, but the foyer with its murals and the auditorium with its wooden seats with streamline sidebars (photos below) are both still intact.
The cornerstone attributes the building to the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works (the formal name for the PWA). The building is a Utah State Historic Site, marked by an informative plaque. Oddly, the plaque confuses the PWA with the WPA (which paid for the murals but not the building) and calls the WPA the “Works Progress Association“.
A WPA/Federal Arts Project painting, “In the Swing” by Paul Smith, hangs in the reception office.
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Utah State Historic marker on site
Project originally submitted by Brent McKee on July 27, 2015.
Additional contributions by Joan Greer.
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