WPA Murals

California, Flags, Beauty and History

The Lucile Lloyd mural, The Origin and Development of the Name of the State of California, is permanently installed in the John L. Burton Hearing Room behind the dais.

On October 16, 1937, three murals painted by Lucile Lloyd were unveiled at the State Building in Los Angeles. Commissioned specifically for the building through a Great Depression-era program (the WPA), they remained on view for 38 years. The building was torn down for safety reasons in 1975. Fortunately, the murals were saved, and, in 1991, the Senate Rules Committee had them restored and installed in the California Room, now rededicated as the John L. Burton Hearing Room in honor of the former Senate President pro tempore.

In a sweeping panorama, the three panels tell the history of the name of California. The two side panels portray important flags that have flown over the state. The central panel shows the history and development of the state through the Spanish, Mexican, and American eras. Realistic figures trace the state’s history and vivid images illustrate the state’s unique natural beauty and resources.

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California State Capitol Museum
10th and L Streets
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1315 10th Street
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