State Capitol Addition

State Capitol Addition

In 1938, the Arizona State Library was ready for a new, bigger home. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) funded an addition to the original Capitol building, and in 1939, the State Library had moved into its new home. Although it looked like the original Capitol from the outside, on the inside the library's walls were lined with murals by young artist Jay Datus, also funded by the WPA. These murals depicted Datus’ vision of Arizona’s past and future, and, like the library, can still be found in the 1938 addition to this day.

Read About It

Use the document analysis sheet and the photograph analysis sheet to uncover clues about the people that created the documents. 

Understand It

  1. When was the State Capitol Addition built? Which builder was it built by?
  2. How does Datus depict Arizona’s past and future in his murals? How is his representation of Arizona and its peoples different than Lon Megargee’s representation?
  3. If you had been commissioned by the WPA to paint murals for the Arizona State Library, what would you have painted, and why?

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Topic

Arts and Architecture

Decade

1930s