NRHP: Ogallala United States Post Office

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Ogallala United States Post Office

Ogallala United States Post Office

NRHP Reference #: 92000481

NRHP Listing Date: 19920511


301 N Spruce, Ogallala, Keith County, Nebraska

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The Ogallala United States Post Office is a one-story, concrete Modernistic style building constructed in 1937-38. While the building retains a high degree of integrity, its historical significance derives from the mural painted on an interior wall. Through New Deal programs such as the Public Works of Art Project and WPA Federal Art Project, thousands of artists were employed. In 1934 the Section of Painting and Sculpture (renamed the Section of Fine Arts in 1938) was organized under the auspices of the Treasury Department to provide murals and sculptures for the many federal buildings constructed during the New Deal era. Between 1938 and 1942 the Treasury Department's Section of Fine Arts (generally known as "the Section") commissioned twelve murals for twelve newly constructed post offices in Nebraska. Ogallala, along with the other eleven post office murals in Nebraska, represent the Section's goal of making art accessible to the general population by reserving one percent of new building construction budgets for art.

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