Richmond museum talk to raise funds for restoration of former Post Office mural


The Richmond Museum Association is hosting an event on May 14 to raise funds for the restoration of a re-discovered mural that once graced a wall at the Richmond Main Post Office at 1025 Nevin Ave.

Form 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., San Francisco State University professor Dr. Robert Cherny will host a discussion about the Richmond: Industrial City mural, which was painted by well-known artist Victor Arnautoff in 1941. The event will take place at the Richmond Public Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza. Admission is $25, with all proceeds going toward the mural’s restoration, officials said.

As we reported late last year, the historic mural capturing Richmond’s pre-WWII days was thought to have been lost or perhaps gone forever. But in September, it was re-discovered in the Post Office basement, where it had been packed away in 1976 and forgotten for decades.

Once the mural is restored, it will hang in the Richmond Museum of History until at least 2040, according to the Richmond Museum Association.

“The mural is overall in good condition but requires restoration to consolidate paint on the front, remove a lead based adhesive from the rear, and stretch/frame it before it can be displayed to the public again after 40 years,” the museum said.

Noted art conservator Anne Rosenthal will perform the restorations. She recently performed conservation work at Coit Tower and the San Francisco Maritime Museum. See the flyer below for more information.