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U.S. Post Office

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1940, Louis A. Simon, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury. 105 N. 4th St.

This plain, rectangular, utilitarian one-story buff brick post office resembles others constructed in the state’s small towns by the WPA. The lobby mural was painted in 1942 by Chicago artist Henry Simon, who first submitted a sketch for a logging scene. When local officials insisted he add other industries to the composition, he created this scene titled Wildlife Conservation, which effectively ended the dispute. It features two men in a boat restocking a lake with fish while a variety of birds and mammals native to the area gather around, seemingly as onlookers.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors
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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "U.S. Post Office", [De Queen, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/AR-01-SV1.

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 179-179.

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