West Pullman School Murals – Chicago IL


The West Pullman School was established in the late 19th century. During the 1930s, the WPA funded two murals for the school auditorium. The roughly 5′ x 10′ oil on canvas murals, by Ralph Christian Henriksen, are entitled “American Educational System” and “Americanization of Immigrants.”

The school closed at the end of the school year in 2013. Current status and future plans for the murals are unknown to the Living New Deal.

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Originally posted in the New Deal Art Registry: http://www.newdealartregistry.org/
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11941 S. Parnell Ave
Chicago, IL 60628

Location notes: ground floor hallway

Coordinates: 41.6771348, -87.6358186

2 comments on “West Pullman School Murals – Chicago IL

  1. harry stephens

    Does anyone know where a picture of the full mural “The American Educational System” (above) can be found. The above is only a portion of it. Also does anyone know where the three murals Henricksen did at West Pullman school are now?

    Thank you!

  2. There were only 2 that I remember. In the auditorium, flanking the stage. I just went to the Chicago public school building auction site where there are only 3 photos of the outside. They say that the bldg might be historically recognized (or some wording like that) so I’m assuming those paintings are still in the school.

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