1934-1943Federal Works Projects Administration (WPA) provided funding for murals, organized City Engineers’ maps at City Hall, and built a stone wall between Washington Street and Lobster Cove.Arts and Culture, Location and Setting, Buildings & Architecture, Art

Photo by Barbara Bernstein, Scenes of the Region, WPA Mural at the Sawyer Free Library, https://livingnewdeal.org/sites/sawyer-free-library-mural-gloucester-ma/
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The murals are the most impressive results of New Deal arts funding on Cape Ann. They were done in Gloucester’s City Hall, its Sawyer Free Library, and its schools. The Rockport Post Office and public library each have a mural, as do or did several other buildings on Cape Ann. During the building of the wall at Lobster Cove, Olga Lingard asked for random stones instead of solid masonry.

Gloucester’s collection is considered to be the finest and most extensive one on the North Shore of Massachusetts, if not in the whole state. The murals represent a confluence of a vibrant arts community and an intelligent program of the Federal Government during a critical period in American history.

Living New Deal. “New Deal Sites.” https://livingnewdeal.org/us/ma/gloucester-ma/.
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