“Broadway Post Office Eagles”, Paul Kufrin, 1939

 

Artist: Paul K. Kufrin , 1939

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Approx. 6′ Height, polished granite.

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.


 

Front doors of Federal Reserve Bank Chicago
The very well-maintained to this day front doors of Federal Reserve Bank Chicago 230 S. LaSalle St. Newberry Library – Chicago

 


Newberry Library – Chicago

Foreign Language Press Survey

June 22, 1937

Interview with Mr. P. K. Kufrin

Kufrin interview 1937 1
ORIGINAL COPY !(#& Part 1 Newberry Library – Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey FLPS

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.

Paul Kufrin working on a bust of Anton J. Cermak, a Czech American mayor of Chicago. Kufrin immigrated to Chicago and opened an art school in 1910 at Division and La Salle Street. His works include the Assyrian Room at the Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois.
Paul Kufrin working on a bust of Anton J. Cermak, a Czech American mayor of Chicago. Kufrin immigrated to Chicago and opened an art school in 1910 at Division and La Salle Street. His works include the Assyrian Room at the Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois.

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.

Kufrin at work
Paul Kufrin (1887-1973) next to his architectural panel in cast stone or cement. Kufrin immigrated to Chicago and opened an art school in 1910 at Division and La Salle Street. His works include the Assyrian Room at the Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois.


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August 16, 1952

http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1952/08/10/page/191/article/deadline-near-in-competition-of-art-museum#text

August 10, 1952 - Deadline Near in Competition of Art Museum - Chicago Tribune Archive.clipular
The Ballet Art group has possession thru August of the Art Exhibition Galleries, Mandel Brothers, and its exhibition is very attractive. Marian Foulds is one of the artists who has sent in a painting for the August half of this two month show.13407216_1054015658024229_4012512980958696375_n Among other exhibitors are Ann Roman, Zeke Ziner, Clive Rickabaugh, Abbott Ross, William Seay, and John Ryan who has an excellent of two dancers from one of the Ballet Guild productions. The gallery announces the Bohemian Artists society will exhibit thru September. Among the artists showing with the society are Albin Polacek, Anton Bocech, K. P. Kufrin, Antonin Sterba, George M. Tomanek, Anthony Buchta, Y. V. Brozek, Frank Swartz, and William Mosby.
Talons of the Broadway Post Office Eagles
Talons of the Broadway Post Office Eagles

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November 9, 1973

Obituary for Paul K. Kufrin:

Chicago Tribune obituary for Paul K. Kufrin
Mass for Paul K. Kufrin, 85, of 2806 S. Milard Av., will be 10 am tomorrow in Blessed Agnes Catholic Church, 27th Street and S. Central Park Avenue. Mr. Kufrin, who died here yesterday, was an internationally known sculptor. He had lived in Chicago for more than 60 years, having emigrated from Croatia. Familiar sights to Chicagoans incIude his bronze doors on the Federal Reserve Bank building, the huge cement panels at the Portland Cement Association, the brooding eagles of the Uptown Post Office, and. six sculptured panels m the Field Museum’s Assyrian Room. He is survived by two sons, PauI Jr. and George; six grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.

 

 

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Jeffrey Littleton

Visual artist based in Chicago

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