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Richard E. Dill House, pdf [TY01-003] Listed 1973/01/29

Built in 1936, the one-story house is constructed of post-tensioned, twelve and fourteen foot concrete channel planks. Richard E. Dill, whose house is located in Alexandria, is recognized nationally and internationally as the "father" of prestressed concrete technology. The house is an excellent example of concrete modular construction. Dill patented this method in 1928.

Post Office mural Hebron United States Post Office, pdf [TY10-008] Listed 1992/05/11

The Hebron United States Post Office is a one-story, red brick building constructed in 1937 in the Modernistic style. While the building retains a high degree of integrity, its historical significance derives from the mural painted on an interior wall.

Through New Deal programs such as the Public Works of Art Project and the WPA Federal Art Project, thousands of artists were employed. In 1934 the Section of Painting and Sculpture (renamed the Section of Fine Arts in 1938) was organized under the auspices of the Treasury Department to provide murals and sculpture for the many federal buildings constructed during the New Deal era.

Between 1938 and 1942 the Treasury Department's Section of Fine Arts (generally known as "the Secion") commissioned twelve murals for twelve newly constructed post offices in Nebraska. Hebron, along with the other eleven post office murals in Nebraska represent the Section's goal of making art accessible to the general population by reserving one percent of new building construction budgets for art.

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