Photographs of 1936 Works Progress Administration Murals for Port Chester Post Office, 1997
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These photographs represent two of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) murals that are located in the Port Chester Post Office. The murals were painted by Dominico Mortellito during a six-month period in 1936. They are reminiscent of the work of Mexican muralists, Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. In fact, Mortellito was a great admirer of their work and was a personal friend of Orozco.

The mural of the Port Chester docks measures 10 feet by 10 feet. The port played a key role in the development of Port Chester. The mural of the policeman is one of the smaller murals, measuring 43 inches by 6 feet. Mortellito said, “I wanted to capture the significance of human beings. What makes a city is its people.”

The murals were completely restored in 1980, and the post office was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

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Port Chester

Title Photographs of 1936 Works Project Administration Murals for Port Chester Post Office, 1997 Format Color Photographs
Repository Port Chester Public Library Number of Pages 2
Collection Photographs Dimensions 5" x 7"
Call Number   Transcription NA
Creator John Ribuffo jpeg File Name wpaMurals1/2.jpg
Creation Date 1997 tif File Name wpaMurals1/2.tif

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