“In 1934, the Great Depression necessitated the consolidation of the city’s 22 independent park agencies into the Chicago Park District. Using federal relief funds, the newly-created park district soon began work on Jensen Park. Site improvements included a wading pool,… read more
“In 1934, the Great Depression necessitated the consolidation of the city’s 22 independent park agencies into the Chicago Park District. Using federal relief funds, the newly-created park district soon began work to complete Kolmar Park. The park district improved the… read more
Three lunettes and three borders now located at the Kozminski Community Academy in Chicago were produced with the help of New Deal funds in 1942.
The New Deal helped with the progress of Lake Shore Drive, both the Works Progress Administration and the Public Works Administration providing funding. These administrations’ assistance led to the completion of Lake Shore Drive from Foster Avenue to Jackson Park… read more
“The bathhouse at the new Lake Springfield beach area started out as a Civil Works Administration program but couldn’t be finished as a work relief program because there was “an absence of skilled workers on the relief rolls,” according to… read more
During the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration was the greatest and most ambitious agency to come out of FDR’s New Deal that employed mostly the unskilled. One sector of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was the Federal Art Project… read more
This 43′ x 20′ oil on steel mural was painted as a fire curtain for the auditorium by artist John Walley. It is entitled “Indian Motif” and was installed in 1936 with funding from the WPA’s Federal Art Project. It… read more
Among the many WPA funded artworks at the school is this four-panel fresco in the school auditorium “Teaching of the Arts” pained by Mitchell Siporin in 1938. Each panel is 15′ x 3’6.” From A Guide to Chicago’s Murals (2001):… read more
Among several other New Deal projects at the Lane Tech High School are these carved mahogany bas-reliefs in the school library. These 15′ x 6′ reliefs were carved by sculptor Peter Paul Ott, with assistance from wood workers Conzelman, Meuzenmeier,… read more
Among the WPA artworks at Lane Tech High School are several frescoes in the school lunchroom, each depicting a different period of “Epochs in the History of Man.” These large (12′ x 14′) frescoes were painted by Edgar Britton in… read more
These two 14′ figures titled “Boys Rising From the Sea” were created by Charles Umlauf under the auspices of the WPA Federal Art Project.
Oil on canvas, 20' x 43' Artist: John Edwin Walley (1910-74) Commissioned by: the Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project Initial funds raised by Lane Tech, restored by the Board of Education, administered by the Public Building Commission, 1998 "The… read more
This carving, entitled “The Wild Beasts,” hangs in the library of Lincoln Elementary School. It was designed by Andrene Kauffman and carved from oak by C. Svec.
With funding from the WPA Federal Art Project, Andrene Kauffman created two 4′ x 7′ wooden reliefs for the Lincoln Elementary School: “Monkeys” and “Children in Fruit Trees.”
This relief “Organ Grinder” by Louise Pain was completed with WPA Federal Art Project funds.
The lily pool is located in Chicago’s north side in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, just one block from Lake Michigan. It was dilapidated before 1936 when Chicago Park District employee Alfred Caldwell was asked to redesign it. With funds provided… read more
“In 1934, the Lincoln Park Commission became part of the newly consolidated Chicago Park District and the new agency received substantial funding through President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. The completion of North Avenue Beach was one of many projects… read more
Hildreth Meiere’s sculpture titled “The Post” was executed and completed in 1937. It can be found in the Logan Square Station Post Office. The piece is made primarily out of metal and is heavily influenced by art deco styles. This… read more
This fresco “Women’s Contribution to American Progress” by Edward Millman was painted with WPA Federal Art Project funds. It depicts Lucy Flower, Grace Abbott, Frances Perkins, Jane Addams, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Clara Barton. There… read more