- Fullerton, CA
- Site Type:
- Art Works, Murals
- New Deal Agencies:
- Work Relief Programs, Works Progress Administration (WPA)
- Helen Lundeberg
- Quality of Information:
- Very Good
- Site Survival:
In 1941, the Federal Arts Project (FAP) commissioned prominent artist, Helen Lundeberg, to paint a 3-wall mural that covers 900 sq. ft. at the Old Fullerton City Hall in Fullerton, California. In addition to working on several New Deal art projects, she helped to found the Post-Surrealist art movement.
The mural she painted in the Old Fullerton City Hall is named The History of Southern California. It depicts California’s history from the landing of Juan Cabrillo in the 1500s through the development of the movie industry in the Twentieth Century. Similar to many other murals painted in this era it was regionalist in style. The painting was placed in the meeting room for the city council chambers.
In the 1960s, the painting was partially covered over. Then in 1992, a project restored the mural, costing $80,000. Now, the mural can be enjoyed by the public as one of only three intact murals in Orange County and is used for community meetings.
Epting, Charles. Charleston, The History Press, 2014.Page 57.
Debora Richey. Fullerton Heritage. 2002. National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. https://s3.amazonaws.com/NARAprodstorage/lz/electronic-records/rg-079/NPS_CA/03000424.pdf
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