Inside the lobby of the post office are murals painted by Lorin Thompson, during the Great Depression, as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. Murals such as these were commissioned for public buildings throughout the United States by the WPA, which was part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal.
On the left side, is a mural titled, Growth of the Town which depicts the efforts of the people of Altoona to create their community. On the right side of the lobby, is a mural titled, Early Methods of Transportation and Making the Railroad that focuses on Altoona’s famous Pennsylvania Railroad.
After leaving the Post Office, proceed to the waiting area. If you stand facing the windows, the mural is on the wall to the left. The mural is titled View of Altoona, by Kevin Kutz. Kutz, an artist from Bedford, PA, has painted a great deal in the area, including scenes from rural landscapes to this view across the valley from 17th Street toward the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and the Mountains beyond.