The legacy of Depression-era San Francisco
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City College of San Francisco( Donald Cairns / Courtesy The Diego Rivera Mural Project )
City College of San Francisco
Unfortunately, none of the expo-goers got to see the completed project, because Rivera and his team didn't finish it until November 1940, after the event was over.
Somebody put the panels into storage and they didn't come out until 1961, four years after Rivera's death. Now they stand in a theater named for Rivera at City College, free and open to the public for selected hours Mondays through Saturdays.
So there you go -- a full itinerary of Depression wonders, all within about 45 minutes of one another.
If you're like me, you'll be startled by just how much enduring, transformative work came out of those years after the crash of '29. But it's a little spooky too, to be reminded all over town that it took a world war to close the book on those hard times.
Pictured: Diego Rivera paints the "Pan American Unity" mural at City College of San Francisco.