Richmond: Industrial City is art made by the people, for the people, of the people and is now being restored with the help of the people.
In 2014, the staff at the Richmond Museum of History learned from longtime member Fran Cappelletti that a mural had once graced the post office lobby. “Richmond: Industrial City,” created by Victor Arnautoff commissioned by the U.S. Treasury Section of Fine Arts, had been installed at the downtown post office in April 1941. A protégé of Diego Rivera, Arnautoff, a prominent figure in New Deal art, is perhaps best known for his role as the artistic director of the extensive murals at Coit Tower in nearby San Francisco.
Be a part of this exciting project to restore the Richmond Industrial History mural! As you could expect, art restoration is costly and this ambitious project will be made possible through the committed support of donors at all levels.
In May 2020, the mural was transported to Fine Art Conservation Lab in Goleta, CA for final restoration. If the treatment goes well, the mural will be hung in the Museum in September 2020.