The Chicago Railroad Center of the Nation Mural
Location: 920 Curtiss St Downers Grove IL
Date built: 1940

This oil on canvas mural in the was commissioned by the Federal Art Project (FAP), a part of the New Deal Era arts project established by then President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration to provide work for photographers, graphic artists, muralists, and painters. Original works of art like this were commissioned for many public buildings throughout the nation. The program ran from 1935-1943. The mural is on the east wall in the lobby of the Downers Grove Post Office on Curtiss Street.

Born in Boston on June 5, 1911, Elizabeth Tracy was educated at Radcliffe. Her murals are in post offices in Maine and Massachusetts.

More information can be found about the artist and her Works Progress Administration (WPA) artworks, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tracy_Montminy

Approved: 2004


920 Curtiss St Downers Grove IL

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