Marion, Iowa WPA Era Fresco Move and Restoration
In 1939 Marion, Iowa built a new post office. Inside, Dan Rhodes, a student of Grant Wood, painted a fresco mural.
Throughout the years the building transformed from the post office into city hall and finally when the city outgrew the building, a nearby business purchased it. However, the business was not ready to take on the responsibility of protecting and preserving the mural.
Barnes Manufacturing helped implement a plan to cut out the wall with the mural on it, secure it, and move it to the Marion Heritage Center for all to love and appreciate for years to come. We were extremely proud to play a large role in the move and reassemble of the mural as well as the art restoration and deliver on results the whole community can enjoy.