Advocates for the arts and artists of Uptown Chicago
“Broadway Post Office Eagles”, Paul Kufrin, 1939
Artist: Paul K. Kufrin , 1939
The Uptown Station Post Office is located in Chicago’s famous Uptown neighborhood at 4850 N. Broadway. It was interesting to research this site.
The exterior entrance is flanked by imposing eagles, sculpted by Croatian-born Paul K. Kufrin.
Kufrin immigrated to Chicago and opened an art school in 1910 at Division and La Salle Street.
He lived and had his studio in the south Lawndale area until his death in 1973.
Newberry Library – Chicago
Foreign Language Press Survey
June 22, 1937
Interview with Mr. P. K. Kufrin
Mr. Paul Kelecic Kufrin, world famous sculptor, graduated in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1905. Two years later he entered the United States, where he followed his art. As a young artist, back in 1917, he made a bust of Lloyd George, British War Premier, which attracted to him the attention of the artists of the world. He received many complimentary notices in the world press. La Revue Moderne de la Vie, an international artists magazine, made favorable comments on his work on his work on several occasions.
At the international exposition (The World’s Fair) in Chicago in 1933, he received first prize, a gold medal, for his bust of Clarence Darrow.
His bust of President Franklin D. Roosevelt is now displayed in Toman Library, 27th and Pulaski Road. All Chicago newspapers printed complimentary articles on his work in the Sunday issues of June 20, 1937.
Mr. Kufrin designed all the brass decorations for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He also completed the relief decorations of the Assyrian Arts Room in the Field’s Museum.
He refuses to have anything to do with the Jugoslav regime. Being a Croatian, he does not approve of the way his country is treated by the Serbs, and they, in turn, interfere with his commercial work through their representatives and sympathizers here in Chicago. He is a member of the Bohemian Artists Society and the American Arts Club.