New Deal/WPA Art in Silver Spring, Maryland

Most of the post office works of art were funded under the Treasury Department's Section commissions. Those works that were created using TRAP funds are so indicated. Although the WPA funded the construction of post office buildings, the artwork was not WPA but was usually produced under the Section or TRAP programs.

Silver Spring, MD Post Office
"The Old Tavern" - oil on canvas
by Nicolai Cikovsky (1937)

This mural is currently installed in the Silver Spring Public Library.

Photograph taken by William Kolodrubetz.

Democratic Vistas: Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal
by Marlene Park & Gerald E. Markowitz

Article about the restoration of the Silver Spring, MD Post Office mural, ( - pdf file (144.1 kb)

Thanks to Jimmy Emerson who contributed the photograph.

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