Thursday, May 6, 2010

Beverley Hills Old Post Office

470 N Canon D
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The Beverly Hills Old Post Office was built in the Italian Renaissance Revival style. Inside are eight frescos painted by Charles Kassler. The frescos depict the work the PWA, Public Works Administration. Each lunette, or half-moon shaped space, shows a different aspect of the PWA. In one lunette for example he shows artists working on this other mural “The Bison Hunt” that was painted on exterior of the Los Angeles Public Library but was painted over in 1963 due to water damage. There was some question about the content of the lunettes but Kassler said his frescos didn’t depict unemployment, but people going back to work, a recurring theme in many 1930s art.

This eagle relief was saved from the Olympic Blvd. Post Office in Beverley Hills in 1984 and is currently in the new Beverley Hills Post Office at 325 North Maple Dr. Beverley Hills, CA, 90210.

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