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Monday, December 5, 2016

A Post Office Mural and More Murals Inside the Courthouse Dome in Lancaster

While going through the drafts section of my blogger posts I stumbled across this one.  When I drove around the southwest corner of the state after a trip to Galena A YEAR AND A HALF ago I swung into the tiny town of Lancaster to add this New Deal Post Office mural to my collection.

The mural entitled "Farm Yard" painted by Tom Rost in 1940 was in great condition.  While I puttered around town I spotted the Grant County Courthouse so of course had to stop for a peek.

Built in 1902 with an octagonal glass and copper dome inspired by St Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, the three-story courthouse has brick walls and Lake Superior brownstone trim.

Inside I discovered some murals.  My learning for today includes the fact that they are painted on what is called a "spandrel".  A spandrel, less often spandril or splaundrel, is the space between two arches or between an arch and a rectangular enclosure, according to Wikipedia.

I wasn't able to find any information on them, the look vaguely Roman or Greek to me so perhaps have some mythological story they are representing?

Anyone who is familiar please chime in!  I loved the silver border around them.

Linking up to Monday Mural. More neglected posts from the past to come.


  1. I wish that we had some of this great New Deal Art around here.